Provided by Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton VFD
On April 17, 2018 at 12:12 a. m., the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department (OWL VFD) responded to the report of a worker injured in a trench at Route 1 and Mary’s Way. Units arrived on scene to report a person injured from a partial trench collapse, but not buried, in the bottom of a 10-foot construction trench.
Tactical crews went to work immediately to ensure the trench was safe from additional collapse and to remove the victim. The victim was removed from the trench in minutes and transported to a local hospital.
Construction workers dug the victim from the collapse debris before fire and EMS crews arrived. Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, Dumfries Triangle VFD, Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue and Prince William County Police Department responded to the incident.
OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with almost 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6:00 p. m. to 6:00 a. m. shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.