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Firefighter commended for his actions at crash

October 25 2018

An on call Staffordshire firefighter is being commended for his bravery.

Craig was nominated for a commendation for his actions because, although he is employed by the service, he was off duty at the time of the incident. He has limited experience as he’s only been with us for about two years but his calm positive response was beyond what could have been expected, when he was faced with a significant incident like this.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Craig Barks of Cheadle has been with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for around two years as an on call Firefighter. On August 18 this year he was driving along the Uttoxeter Road, Draycott in the Moor in the direction of Meir behind a van. At approximately 12:50 Craig witnessed a head on collision involving a car and a long wheel base van. He stopped his vehicle and contacted the emergency services before going to give first aid to the occupants of the vehicles.

He removed an injured boy to safety from the car and then removed another young boy, who appeared not be showing any signs of life. Craig immediately began to give the boy CPR until the West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic arrived.

Craig was presented with his certificate of commendation at a ceremony at Cheadle Fire station, which was also attended by his family, by Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant. She said: “Craig was nominated for a commendation for his actions because, although he is employed by the service, he was off duty at the time of the incident. He has limited experience as he’s only been with us for about two years but his calm positive response was beyond what could have been expected when he was faced with a significant incident like this. “

The collision resulted in a number of casualties receiving severe traumatic injuries. Sadly, two of the people involved in the collision died.