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Firefighter recognised for attending road traffic colission involving his own brother

A Rising Brook firefighter has been commended for his professionalism and dedication whilst attended a car crash which involved his own brother.

“I’m really shocked that I have won the award because there are so many other people that equally deserved this. The other two nominated firefighters, I mean what they did was amazing so I am just really shocked and really humble to have won.”

Firefighter Mick Calladine

Mick Calladine was given the Fire Service Champion Award at the SFRSs Awards ceremony on Thursday October 12 at Sandyford Community Fire Station.

When Mick got the call to the crash he had no idea his brother was involved in the incident. As one of the first firefighters on scene Mick had to coordinate the rescue and extricate his own brother, Mark, from his vehicle.

He then entrusted his brother to the paramedics whilst he continued to do his job and help the driver of the other vehicle.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said: “This award is given to the individual or team that has gone beyond the call of duty to overcome difficult situations. Mick has undoubtedly done that and his story is truly inspirational.

“To maintain professionalism and stay focused on your duty when someone you care for in trouble is certainly something to be commended. I could not be happier that Mike has been honoured with this award.”

Mark suffered serious injuries during the crash and has undergone major surgery. He attended the ceremony alongside his brother who he said he could ‘not have been prouder of’.

Mick said: “I have been a firefighter for nearly ten years and I had never been to a collision like this one. Doing the job itself was the easy part, it was going back and calling my dad and letting him know what happened and everything that came after that was harder.

“I’m really shocked that I have won the award because there are so many other people that equally deserved this. The other two firefighters, I mean what they did was amazing so I am just really shocked and really humble to have won.”