Girl rescued after arm trapped

BENDIGO CFA crews took a break from fighting fires last night to rescue a young, panicked girl who got her hand stuck in a chair. 

Tammekah, of Bendigo, who did not want her last name used, was screaming for her mummy to "help me, help me", after her arm got caught.

Her mum Nicole said the family was having dinner, when Tammekah worked her arm into a chair wrung before it got completely stuck. 

"It was a terrifying experience and I tried to pry it out but it was in there good," she said. 

"Tammekah was screaming for me but I couldn't do anything for her.

"I had no idea who to call or what to do - and her dad wasn't home at the time."

Thankfully, Nicole called 000 and the emergency services were happy to help rescue the frightened girl. 

"I didn't want them to be here if there was a fire but they came quite fast, within seven minutes, and were very understanding of the situation. 

Nicole said the rescue, which took about five minutes, "felt like it lasted forever". 

"They did such a good job and I just told them to cut the chair - I didn't care, I just wanted my girl to be okay," she said. 

"But they pried it apart with equipment and I pulled her arm out. 

"The crazy thing is, it's not the first time this has happened."

Tammekah last night cuddled her new CFA bear, which was given to her after the incident. 

She said the accident "only hurt a little bit" and promised her mum to be more careful next time. 

Bendigo CFA senior station officer Tim Bruechert said it was a simple job. 

He urged people to call 000 in any emergency. 

"People can definitely call them when something goes wrong," he said. 

"I wouldn't hesitate.

"You can explain the situation and we will respond accordingly.

"We're more than happy to help."

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