This past weekend, the Billings Fire Department had a plan for some fun at the Family Fun Day with Habitat For Humanity... however they did not plan to save two separate lives. But they did.

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A House Fire

First, on Friday night (July 14th), BFD was called to a house fire on the 4500 block of Morgan Avenue during rush hour, at 5:06 PM. 

On arrival, and entering the home, BFD found an unresponsive victim and removed him from the home.

Firefighters performed CPR and regained a pulse on the victim. He suffered burns to his chest and face and was transported to a local hospital... before being flown to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake City.

The fire heavily damaged the inside of the home, and the cause is under investigation. The Billings Fire Prevention Bureau estimates damages of around $100,000.

Head On Collision

The second rescue happened on Monday evening (July 17th), technically past the weekend but close enough to count, on Montana Highway 3 near mile marker 14 for a head-on collision between a Fiat and Buick sedan. 

The Billings Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request from the Fuego Volunteer Fire Department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at 6:09 PM.

On arrival, passengers of the Fiat were loaded into AMR ambulances, but an elderly man was pinned under the dashboard of the Buick. Making things more difficult, the man suffered from underlying medical conditions... mixed with extensive vehicle damage... slowed down efforts.

Using special techniques and equipment, BFD was able to free the man, who was in serious condition and was flown to a local hospital for treatment.

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