Press Release From The Spokane Fire Department:
Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:00 PM , fire crews from the Spokane City Fire Department were dispatched to 6321 North Addison on a reported Technical Rescue with reports of a cell phone tower worker who had fallen off the elevated platform and was suspended from a harness 5 feet below the platform of the tower at the 105 foot level.
Engine18 from their Fire Station at Lincoln and Colton arrived on scene first and reported that the worker was suspended at the 105 foot level of the tower and that workers safety harness may have malfunctioned and had slipped up under his arms and he was unable to lift himself back up to the platform.
The Spokane Fire Department's High Angle Rope Rescue Team from Fire Station 4, along with fire crews from Fire Station 1, downtown, who responded with their 110 foot aerial ladder truck, arrived on scene and they were able to secure the suspended worker by elevating the aerial ladder to a location at his feet.
This gave him the needed support while a rescue team technician climbed the ladder and secured the worker with a safety harness and the rescue technician and the cell tower worker were able to climb down the aerial ladder to safety.
There were no reported injuries to the worker or fire fighters on scene.
SPOKANE, Wash. - A man working on a cell phone tower had to be rescued by Spokane firefighters after he slipped and was left dangling over 100 feet in the air.
It happened near Eagles Ice Arena Sunday afternoon. When firefighters arrived they found the man dangling off of the tower's platform by a safety cable.
Firefighters were able to reach the man with a ladder on one of their trucks and safely lowered him to safety.