Lifesaving Padiham fire crew is honoured

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Group manager Jerry Cragg, left, presents the commendation to watch manager Duncan Barker-Brown, watched by fire crew. Inset: A flashback to the fire Group manager Jerry Cragg, left, presents the commendation to watch manager Duncan Barker-Brown, watched by fire crew. Inset: A flashback to the fire

HEROIC fire crews from Padiham have received a top award after saving a woman’s life last year.

Seven firefighters, two crew managers, and a watch manager, were honoured for their bravery in tackling the house fire, in Windermere Road, in July 2011.

They went against the advice of police to rescue unconscious 55-year-old Margaret Jackson.

Four firefighters, in breathing apparatus, were sent into the house to search for her, while colleagues dealt with the flames in the ground floor living room. Within three minutes of arriving, the crews had braved blistering temperatures, with zero visibility, to locate Ms Jackson in an upstairs bedroom and get her to safety.

She suffered severe lung trauma from smoke inhalation, and was in a critical condition in Royal Blackburn Hospital before making a full recovery.

Watch manager Duncan Barker-Brown, one of those to receive the commendation from East Lancashire group manager Jerry Cragg, said the incident proved how valuable Padiham’s retained staff are.

He said: “The prompt, and correct, actions of Padiham firefighters gave the very best chance of survival to the rescued occupant.

“Once outside, medical treatment was immediately commenced by fire crews, then handed over to paramedics on their arrival.

“Crews at Padiham Fire Station, along with colleagues throughout East Lancashire, work the retained duty system, which means they have other occupations, in addition to being firefighters.

“Committing time to the fire service really does make a difference to the town and the people who live in it.

“This is highlighted by an incident of this nature which, due to the commitment of residents of Padiham undertaking the role of retained firefighters, resulted in a tragic outcome being averted.”

The fire was caused by a fault in a component of a TV set left on standby.

Those commended were: Mr Barker-Brown; crew managers Darren Bowers and Anthony Thompson, and firefighters Lee Butterworth, Dave Byrom, Rick Courtney, Craig Farnol, Phil Gardner, Joe Horne, and Dan McNeil.

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5:07pm Wed 3 Oct 12

HarryBosch says...

Well done those men! We all owe you an immense debt of gratitude. What would we do without you!
Well done those men! We all owe you an immense debt of gratitude. What would we do without you! HarryBosch

5:07pm Wed 3 Oct 12

HarryBosch says...

Well done those men! We all owe you an immense debt of gratitude. What would we do without you!
Well done those men! We all owe you an immense debt of gratitude. What would we do without you! HarryBosch

6:18pm Wed 3 Oct 12

pwitch says...

Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts.
Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts. pwitch

9:34am Thu 4 Oct 12

DaveBurnley says...

pwitch wrote:
Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts.
And didn't stand back because of health and safety issues.
[quote][p][bold]pwitch[/bold] wrote: Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts.[/p][/quote]And didn't stand back because of health and safety issues. DaveBurnley

10:35am Fri 5 Oct 12

floydbrfc says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
pwitch wrote:
Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts.
And didn't stand back because of health and safety issues.
Health and safety is for when things go wrong it enables those at the top to lay blame elsewhere
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pwitch[/bold] wrote: Congratulations on a job well done. Thank goodness you followed your instincts.[/p][/quote]And didn't stand back because of health and safety issues.[/p][/quote]Health and safety is for when things go wrong it enables those at the top to lay blame elsewhere floydbrfc

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