La Broquerie's Fire Chief says they rescued a man Thursday afternoon, who was pinned beneath a mobile home.
Al Nadeau says they received the 911 call at around 2 pm. The call came down as a person trapped underneath a mobile home in the Marchand area.
"We knew right away we had to move quick on that one," recalls Nadeau.
The incident happened just north of Marchand and Nadeau says when they arrived, the scene looked exactly as was described by the 911 dispatcher.
"We got to the scene and the (mobile home) had fallen on a person," he explains. "It looked like his leg and his hand were caught."
Nadeau says the individual, who was assisted by his brother, was in the process of levelling a home. He was still breathing and conscious, though shaken up. Crews immediately grabbed their extrication tools, lifted the home and pulled him out. According to Nadeau, the male had injuries to his hand and leg, while the other individual was not injured.
"It's a good thing he was a few inches from a steel beam that would have fallen on him," Nadeau explains. "Now it was just the wooden structure that was squishing him, not quite as sharp and not quite as intensive as that steel beam would have been."
Had it been the steel beam that pinned him, Nadeau says it would probably have severed the man's leg and quite possibly killed him.
STARS air ambulance was initially called to transport the patient, but Nadeau says they were stood down because the man's vitals were fine. The individual was transported to hospital in Steinbach. His family says it is a miracle that no bones were broken in the incident. Though, he will need surgery to repair tissue damage.
Nadeau says the man was trapped underneath the mobile home for at least 20 minutes, as that is how long it took for the Fire Department to get to the scene. Crews were there for about 30 minutes. He notes their quick work is thanks to new extrication tools that were provided a couple of years ago by the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie.
"Those electric spreaders lifted the house trailer like there was nothing there," he describes.
Nadeau says in all of his years on the Fire Department, this is the first time he has ever responded to an individual pinned beneath a mobile home.