Dramatic Silo Rescue Performed by Missoula City Fire Department

A man in his 20’s or early 30’s fell into a silo filled with sand at Hutton Precast Concrete on Rogers Street and the Missoula City Fire Department responded and performed a dramatic rescue that took over three hours.

Missoula City Fire Chief Jeff Brandt described what happened to KGVO News as he was returning back to the fire station.

“The man was probably in his late 20s or early 30s,” said Chief Brandt. I’m not sure what they were doing in that silo whether it was maintenance or whatever, but unfortunately, he slipped down and fell, and when we arrived, he was buried up to just under his ears and around his chin so his whole body was covered in sand.”

Brandt said the rescue was complicated by the very nature of the silo to empty its contents out of the bottom.

“Every time we got sucker trucks in there, and we would keep excavating the sand obviously he would keep moving down,” he said. “The sand would shift down and continued that hazard all the way down. We were able to try to put a barrel around him and continue to suck out the sand. We harnessed him up, and we had

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