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Boy freed from vending machine

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  2.33 PM 11 January, 2016

Location: District 8 News

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Firefighters have helped free a child whose arm became trapped in a toy vending machine at Pakenham this afternoon (11 January).

CFA crews arrived at Heritage Springs Shopping Village at 12.45pm to find the four-year-old boy firmly trapped by the arm.

Pakenham Station Officer Graeme Symons said the boy’s mother rang emergency services after it became clear curiosity had gotten the better of him.

“He’d managed to get his arm through two latches inside the machine and couldn’t get it back out,” he said.

“So we had to make entry through the top of the machine instead.

“Rescue crews levered a door open and used tools to gain access to the area where his arm was trapped.”

Mr Symons said the boy remained relatively calm throughout the 30-minute rescue.

“We gave him a CFA teddy after he was freed, so his efforts weren’t entirely in vain.” 

The pre-schooler, who was uninjured, was checked by paramedics at the scene as a precaution.

Four crews attended, along with SES, from Pakenham and Nar Nar Goon. 

Last Updated: 15 January 2016