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Commendation award for potentially life-saving actions

01/03/2016

Vincent Baker with his award and certificate

A man whose actions potentially saved two people’s lives has received a certificate of commendation from the Service.

“Mr Baker risked his own life to rescue, and potentially save the lives of, two other people from a very dangerous situation.”

Watch Manager Ian Moss

A blaze which started in a fuse box inside the flat, next to the front door, blocked the occupiers’ means of escape.

Vincent Baker, who worked at a nearby factory, heard the couples’ cries for help. He entered the flat and negotiated his way past the fire in the communal hallway and up the smoke-filled staircase. Mr Baker bravely rescued one occupier, before guiding the second occupant safely out of the flat.

Mr Baker was honoured for his bravery during an event at Rugeley Community Fire Station last night (Mon).

Watch Manager Ian Moss said: “Mr Baker risked his own life to rescue, and potentially save the lives of, two other people from a very dangerous situation.”

Vincent Baker said: “It’s an absolute honour to be presented with this award. I’m really pleased that I was able to help the couple to safety and that no one was hurt in the fire.”

Crews from Rugeley and Cannock attended the incident in the first floor flat in Targate Court, Armitage at 2.03am on December 18, 2015. The blaze was out when firefighters arrived. Crews ventilated the property and administered Oxygen Therapy to the occupants who were later transported to Queen’s Hospital in Burton. Fire crews left the scene at 4.31am

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.
 
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