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Family thanks firefighters following house fire

11/03/2016

A man whose life was saved after he suffered a cardiac arrest outside his Blurton home has thanked firefighters who came to his aid.

“We can't describe how grateful we are for what these heroes did for us and we will never be able to repay their bravery.”

Demi Robinshaw

Crews from Longton and Hanley attended a fire involving a washing machine at the Louise Drive property at 9.24am on February 28.

On arrival at the scene crews were met with a small fire in the printed circuit board of the appliance. The Officer in Charge went to speak with the male occupier, Shaun Robinshaw, and during this conversation Mr Robinshaw suffered a cardiac arrest.

Firefighters immediately came to his aid delivering manual CPR and they also used the fire appliance`s Automated External Defibrillator. 

Every fire engine in Staffordshire is fitted with a defibrillator to help firefighters save lives at the scene of an emergency. All firefighters undertake ‘First Person on Scene’ training which is first aid with a trauma care focus to help improve the treatment they can give to casualties facing life-threatening illness and injury.

Mr Robinshaw’s daughter, Demi, also received precautionary checks for smoke inhalation.

Station Manager Paul Shaw said: “Prompt action by firefighters and paramedics helped to save this gentleman’s life. It has been proven time and again that defibrillators save lives and we wish this gentleman a full and speedy recovery.”

Demi Robinshaw added: “We can't describe how grateful we are for what these heroes did for us and we will never be able to repay their bravery.”

The incident was closed at 10.41am.

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  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.