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South Staffordshire Firefighter is Awarded

21/09/2009

Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson collects his award

A South Staffordshire Firefighter was awarded at a presentation ceremony on Thursday 17th September by the West Midlands Ambulance Service in recognition of his efforts at an incident back in January this year.

 Andy Johnson, who is a Retained Firefighter at Kinver Fire Station, was presented a Chief Officer Commendation award at Ramada Warwick Hotel in Warwickshire yesterday afternoon.

Back in January this year Firefighter Johnson, who was off duty at the time, was called to assist at an incident involving an elderly lady who had fallen over on a icy pathway near to his home in Kinver. Due to heavy snow which had fallen the previous day roads and pavements were treacherous, meaning that ambulance personnel were unable to reach the casualty safely within a near distance of the ambulance. Andy assisted ambulance crews throughout the incident by placing the lady comfortably onto a long board and then transporting her to Russells Hall Hospital in his own 4x4 vehicle, with paramedics attending to the lady in the rear.

Announcing the award, Derek Laird, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Commercial Services Director, said: “Due to the weather conditions and high 999 demand placed on the (ambulance) service at the time, there were no ambulances available nearby and they would have struggled to get near to this patient anyway. At this point, Andrew Johnson very kindly offered his services and the use of his 4x4 vehicle to transport this lady to hospital. The offer was duly accepted and Becky Tinsley (Aircrew Supervisor, Midlands Air Ambulance) also travelled along. This type of community spirit is becoming rare, but Andrew was more than happy to put himself out and help this lady. For his teamwork and caring attitude, he was awarded this Chief Officer’s Commendation.”
Firefighter Andy Johnson, commented: “Due to the nature of my job role as a Firefighter I am trained to deal with emergency situations such as this and so I was only too willing to help out. The main priority was to ensure that lady was transported to hospital as quickly and as safely as possible so that she could be cared for. I am delighted that my actions have been recognised and that I have been nominated for this prestigious award.”

"Due to the nature of my job role as a Firefighter I am trained to deal with emergency situations such as this and so I was only too willing to help out."

Firefighter Andy Johnson

Assistant Area Commander for South Staffordshire, Paul Richins said: “Since Andy joined the Service as a Firefighter in 2005 he has proven to be an excellent member of our team here in South Staffs. We are extremely proud of his actions and we were delighted to hear that he is receiving this award.”