Dog rescued from drain pipe at Fairfield Warde High School

Fairfield firefighters, police, animal control and Public Works worked together to rescue a dog trapped in a pipe at Fairfield Warde High School Saturday, Nov. 16.

Around 1 p.m. Engine 3 responded to a report that a dog was stuck in a concrete drain pipe.

The owner of the dog was with police and animal control, explaining that Shadow, her shepherd-Bassett hound mix, had entered a storm drain outflow pipe at the end of the soccer field, and became stuck in a catch basin about 30 feet inside the pipe. Firefighters said the pipe was 22 inches in diameter where the dog entered, and reduced in diameter as one went farther in.

Firefighters called Ladder 2 and Engine 1 to the scene with the confined space rescue trailer. Engine 3 established Warde High School command, and unified command with police and later DPW, who were requested once the operation expanded.

“Once adequate resources were on scene, an entry was attempted up the pipe following all protocols, metering, permit, retrieval system with a back up entrant, forced air ventilation etc.,” according to a release from the Fire Department. “While the entry was being conducted, a second operation was initiated to identify and unearth the pipe over the area in which the dog was located.”

The initial entry was unsuccessful in reaching the dog as the pipe became too narrow for the firefighter venturing in to continue.

Firefighters requested a backhoe from the Department of Public Works, then began digging by hand in the area where the dog was believed to be trapped, uncovering a catch basin with a solid concrete top. Once the lid was exposed, DPW arrived with a backhoe that was used to lift and remove the top.

One firefighter entered the catch basin, which was less than five feet deep, where the dog had become stuck. He lifted the dog up and out.

The dog was first turned over to Animal Control.

DPW replaced the lid on the catch basin and covered it.

One firefighter sustained a minor hand injury, according to a release.

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