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Chief Fire Officer commends former firefighter

05/06/2015

CFO Peter Dartford with former firefighter Jamie Devey and Gina Fowler who Jamie rescued
CFO Peter Dartford with former firefighter Jamie Devey and Gina Fowler who Jamie rescued

A former firefighter from Chase Terrace has been commended for his potentially life-saving actions after he rescued an elderly couple from a house fire.

"Jamie’s quick thinking that day quite possibly saved this couple’s life. Understandably, they became panicked when they realised there was a fire and as their mobility was limited, they found it very difficult to escape the situation."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford awarded Jamie Devey a Certificate of Congratulations at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station on June 2.

Jamie, a retained firefighter at the time of the incident on March 4 this year, was on-route to the station when he walked past the house on High Street.

He heard the smoke alarms activating and immediately dialled 999.

While waiting for the two crews from Cannock and one each from Lichfield and Chase Terrace, Jamie persuaded the female resident to leave the property before physically carrying her husband out of the building.

Firefighters tackling the blaze wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which broke out in the garage.

Mr Dartford said: "Jamie’s quick thinking that day quite possibly saved this couple’s life. Understandably, they became panicked when they realised there was a fire and as their mobility was limited, they found it very difficult to escape the situation.

"By sheer coincidence and good luck, Jamie was walking past the property and phoned the Service immediately to call for back-up. He bravely entered the house and led the lady to safety before carrying her husband out of the building. The couple suffered smoke inhalation but without Jamie’s intervention, the consequences could have been far more serious. His actions are extremely commendable and I am delighted to award him a Certificate of Congratulations."