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13 Year Old Commended by Fire Service

09/03/2011

A teenager from Rising Brook has received a letter of commendation from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for her actions following her discovery of a fire in her home in Rising Brook on the Wolverhampton Road. 

"Lauren was asked how she knew what to do and say and she replied that she’d learnt it at school as part of her interaction with Rising Brook Community Fire Station and the firefighters there." 

Damian Armstrong, Rising Brook Watch Manager

13-year-old Lauren Rob, who attends Stafford Sports College, realised there was a fire in the kitchen of her family home just before 6pm on February 25th after the smoke alarms operated.

She went to investigate and saw that the cooker was on fire. She then turned off the power, grabbed the family pet dog and telephone and went outside to call the fire service.

Lauren gave fire control operators all of the key information about her location and the fire so that crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were able to find the house quickly and knew exactly what to expect.

Damian Armstrong, Rising Brook Watch Manager said: "Lauren was brilliant, she didn’t panic and she did exactly the right thing and gave all of the important information immediately, before even being asked.

"Whilst we were in attendance, Lauren was asked how she knew what to do and say and she replied that she’d learnt it at school as part of her interaction with Rising Brook Community Fire Station and the firefighters there. It is brilliant to see a real-life example of the work we do in partnership with Stafford Sports College put to good use and everyone is really proud of Lauren."

Stafford Sports College Headteacher, Dr Rowena Blencowe said: "As a result of the new Community Fire and Rescue Service response base adjacent to our school we have established very close partnership working, which includes the fire service delivering lessons within the curriculum in year 7.

"Lauren took exemplary action when finding a fire in her kitchen. We are extremely proud of her actions and will continue to work in partnership to improve the safety of our students and those in the wider community."

Tracey Rob, Lauren’s mum said: "I was driving home when my phone rang. I pulled over and saw that it was Lauren, answered it and she just said ‘the house is on fire.’ It isn’t the sort of thing you expect to hear so I asked ‘what do you mean the house is on fire?’ and she said ‘there’s a fire, I’ve called the fire service, they’ve just arrived.’

"When I got home, I saw Lauren standing outside with our dog and the firefighters were already in action. We’re very proud of Lauren, not only did she manage to remain calm enough to call the fire service, she’d also switched off the power and remembered to close the door before getting herself and the dog out safely.

"It’s lovely that her actions are being recognised by her school and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. She doesn’t think she’s done anything special but she has."