PHOENIX (FOX 10) - In an incident where a man in his 40s was apparently hit by a light rail train in Phoenix on Wednesday and left in extremely critical condition, he was pinned underneath the train until firefighters could use special airbags to lift the light rail train off of him.
Those airbags are becoming a crucial tool for firefighters in crisis response situations, and for some firefighters, taking the air out of a pressure situation means putting some air back in.
"Airbags are a really great tool. They don't know what they are lifting," said Creston Ludlow with Phoenix Fire.
"We knew where the lifting points were going to be on the train, so once we got there and got some of that exposed, it was real easy for us to get the bags underneath and complete the lift," said Capt. Greg Hawk with Phoenix Fire.
If anyone was trapped underneath, they'd be rescued in a heartbeat.
"We're able to calculate the weight of semi trucks, dump trucks, roll-offs, concrete if need be, and then again the light rail," said Ludlow. "So, we're able to figure out how much things weigh, what kind of tools we need to use and put them to work."