On September 22, 2016, the Westmor Confined Space Rescue Team and representatives from various firehouses throughout Anoka County conducted mutual aid rescue drills at the Westmor Fluid Solutions facility in Columbus, Minnesota.
One of the drills included a simulated rescue of Westmor Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Richard Miehe.
Jon Krueger, Westmor Field Services Operations Manager, oversaw the training and stated that, “It is very noteworthy that our team rescued Richard and had him on the ground safely in 10 minutes! It was very impressive to watch, and both groups learned a lot from each other.”
Our Confined Space Rescue Team includes members Tom Mischke, Kaarith Kivijarvi, Andy Specht, Lizmark Olvera, Matt McKenzie, and Richard Miehe. These team members, who serve on a volunteer basis, go through extensive training in order to be able to properly execute confined space rescues. The team’s immediate presence can be the difference between life and death during medical emergencies while first responders are en route.
Employees at the Westmor site in Columbus enter confined spaces numerous times per week in the manufacturing and shop service areas. Without this team in place, someone who is having a heart attack or other medical emergency would have to wait 30 minutes or more to be rescued and cared for.