Members of the Stamford Fire Department’s R-1, Rescue team assisted doctors at Stamford Hospital in treating a 5-year-old boy who threaded a 3/8” steel nut onto his right index finger, said Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz.
According to Deputy Chief Lorenz, hospital personnel could not remove the nut using traditional methods, and therefore called in the members of the rescue team.
The child was properly sedated and crew members cut the nut using “a rotary Dremel tool with an aluminum oxide cut-off wheel,” said Deputy Chief.
In order to protect the child’s hand from the heat of the cutting, the rescue team used a protection backer and saline was irrigated throughout to dissipate the heat, police said.
The nut slid off the child’s finger after two cuts using this process were made. The child was uninjured.
The members of the R-1 Rescue Team who assisted are Firefighter David Williamson, Firefighter James Fountain, Firefighter Sean Kearns, under the command of Captain Paul Newman.
“Rescue 1 is a unit of the Stamford Fire Department that provides specialized technical rescue services,” said Deputy Chief Lorenz.
“Those services include fire & EMS response, high angle rope rescue, SCUBA & water rescue, vehicle extrication, confined space rescue, and trench & building collapse rescue.”
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