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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

A Newcastle crew have been recognised for outstanding work at hospital fire

A crew from Newcastle-under-Lyme have been given an award for their hard work and performance during the difficult incident at Royal Stoke Hospital.

 

“We are absolutely elated to have won. When we completed the job at Royal Stoke Hospital I said if that was the last breathing apparatus wear I ever do I will die a happy man.”

Firefighter Tom Dooley

The green watch crew, Watch Manager Collin Massey, FF Martin Copper, Firefighter Tom Dooley and Crew Manager Paul Malpass, were given the Team Award at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services 2017 Awards ceremony on Thursday October 12 at Sandyford Community Fire Station.

The four were first on the scene on June 7 after reports of a fire in one of the hospital buildings and were faced with incredibly difficult circumstances including a large evacuation of patients and staff. Without their hard work and commitment to the task during the initial phase of the incident the fire could easily have developed and the outcome been a lot worse.

Chief Fire officer Becci Bryant said: “the work this crew did at this incident deserves recognition. It is not everyday that we see a fire which involves the evacuation of so many people. Their quick actions surely prevented this incident from becoming much worse and saved many people from the possibility of suffering serious injuries”

Firefighter Tom Dooley said: “We are absolutely elated to have won. When we completed the job at Royal Stoke Hospital I said if that was the last breathing apparatus wear I ever do I will die a happy man.”

Paul Malpass said: “This is such a fantastic thing to keep. We will surely find pride of place to display it in the station. It is very humbling to have won.”