skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Quick-thinking painters receive CFO's commendation

07/04/2017

Tim McGann with Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and Jason Maguire
Tim McGann with Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and Jason Maguire

A pair of quick-thinking painters have been commended by the Chief Fire Officer for their potentially life-saving actions.

“They both showed a great deal of courage by going into the smoke-filled flat and ensuring that the woman was led to safety. Although we actively discourage people from entering or returning to buildings that are on fire as this can result in them suffering serious injuries or worse, there is no doubt that their intervention prevented the outcome of this situation being far more serious.”

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

On the morning of Wednesday December 7 2016 crews were called to a flat fire in Jubilee Court, Stafford.
The alarm was raised after two painters working in a communal area heard shouts for help. The duo, Tim McGann and Jason Maguire, went to the woman’s aid and helped her from her flat, taking her to a place of safety.

Upon inspection of the flat they found the boiler was alight so they closed all the doors to contain the fire and alerted the Care Manager who called 999.

The woman was treated for smoke inhalation but if it was not for Mr McGann and Mr Maguire’s timely intervention, the situation could have been far more serious.

Mr McGann and Mr Maguire, who work for Housing Works, a division of Stafford and Rural Homes, have been commended by the Service.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant presented the commendation certificate to the men at Stafford Community Fire Station last night (6 April).

Becci said: “Thanks to the quick actions of Tim and Jason an elderly resident escaped serious injury.

“They both showed a great deal of courage by going into the smoke-filled flat and ensuring that the woman was led to safety. Although we actively discourage people from entering or returning to buildings that are on fire as this can result in them suffering serious injuries or worse, there is no doubt that their intervention prevented the outcome of this situation being far more serious.”

Appliances from Stafford attended the incident on December 7 last year and it was classed as accidental ignition.