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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lichfield Firefighters Awarded at Presentation

28/01/2013

Four front line staff from Lichfield fire station will receive certificates of congratulations for their actions at an incident they attended last year.

“The crew worked extremely well with the paramedics in very challenging circumstances to achieve a positive outcome for the gentleman involved. Their actions were extremely professional and in keeping with the very best traditions of our Service.”

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford.

A call was received at 5.02pm on 17th February reporting that a male had fallen from his bungalow roof onto some scaffolding and was unconscious.

Fire and rescue crews from Lichfield arrived at the incident and found two paramedics carrying out CPR in a very small space.

The working conditions were becoming increasingly dangerous, so it was decided to lower the casualty to a better location.

Another concern was that if the casualty required defibrillation the metal structure of the scaffolding would be an electrocution risk.

The crew worked in precarious positions to lower the gentleman to the ground where firefighters worked with the paramedics to give CPR, resuscitation and defibrillation.

This continued for 45 minutes until the gentleman was stable enough to transport to the ambulance.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “The crew worked extremely well with the paramedics in very challenging circumstances to achieve a positive outcome for the gentleman involved. Their actions were extremely professional and in keeping with the very best traditions of our Service.”