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Four life saving firefighters commended

 

November 1 2019

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service recognised four employees last night whose quick actions helped save a life last year.

 

The actions of the crew on this day genuinely contributed to saving the man's life. Their speedy response helped achieve a positive outcome for the man

Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant

On Sunday 11 November 2018 firefighters Paul White, Jon Taylor, Nick Higham and Steve Redfern (now retired) from Orange Watch were due to take part in the Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Kinver. As they were still on operational duties, they responded to a call before they could join the parade.

On return they as they joined the back of the Kinver memorial parade in the high street they saw an army officer run to get the defibrillator from its cabinet. When the crew asked if he needed help he confirmed a man was in cardiac arrest further down the road. The crew grabbed the defibrillator and trauma bag from their appliance and sprinted to the scene where a police officer was performing CPR.

The crew used the defib to administer shocks to the man's heart, set up an oxygen bag and mask and kept his airway clear. They also sent an urgent message for an ambulance and, with the help of a member of the public, set up a cordon and erected makeshift privacy screens using salvage sheets.

Within two minutes, the team detected a heart rhythm so they continued with CPR and oxygen therapy until the paramedics took over. Fortunately, the man survived the incident.

Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant said: "The actions of the crew on this day genuinely contributed to saving the man's life. Their speedy response helped achieve a positive outcome for the man suffering the cardiac arrest. They're trained to work as a team and keep calm during times of pressure and that is exactly how they responded to this situation.

"Fortunately the equipment carried routinely on our appliances was just what was needed in these circumstances and was invaluable. They behaved in an exemplary manner, upheld the best traditions of the Fire and Rescue Service and I'm very proud of them all."