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Firefighters who rescued an unconscious woman from
a house fire in Liverpool have been presented with a bravery award by the Chief Fire Officer.
Green Watch Firefighters from Toxteth Community Fire Station entered a property on Kinnaird Street, Dingle, where a fire was tackled and an unconscious lady carried to safety. Firefighters from Liverpool City Community Fire Station also attended the incident.
The firefighters from both stations and those from Kensington Community Fire Station, who also attended, have now been awarded the Chief Fire Officer’s Watch Commendation.
Watch Manager Steve Pang, on the far left, stands with the firefighters who made up Green Watch at Liverpool City Community Fire Station for the rescue in Kinnaird Street. They are pictured just before they were presented with the Watch Commendation at the event.
Watch Manager Steve Pang and
Firefighters Andy Bailey, Lewis
Jaundoo, Simon O’Neil and Jeffrey
Patrick, who were on duty at
Liverpool City Community Fire
Station and helped with the
rescue, collected their award at a Long Service and Bravery Awards event held at Aintree Racecourse. Firefighters from Toxteth and Kensington could not be at the event on the day and have received their Commendations from the Chief Fire Officer at their stations.
The members of Green Watch from Liverpool City Community Fire Station and from Toxteth Community Fire Station carried the elderly woman, who was found close to the room where the fire started, from the house to safety. She was given oxygen by paramedics and taken to hospital.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 6.59pm on December 16, 2013, after smoke alarms in the property alerted neighbours to the fire.
Watch Manager Steve Pang, who is part of Green Watch at Liverpool City Community Fire Station and attended the awards event, said: “Firefighters from Liverpool City and Toxteth had to work quickly to check and find anyone inside the property and to carry out any rescue. If smoke alarms had not alerted neighbours then this call-out may have been very different and led to a possible loss of life. This woman was unable to get out of the property herself and there was severe smoke-logging.
“We train on every shift to make sure we are ready to respond to an emergency call and to help those in need in our communities. I feel very proud that our Watch has received this commendation.
“We also urge people to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home – they really do make a difference and can save lives.”
The fire involved a tumble dryer at the property.
The suspected cause of the fire was an electrical fault.
The presentation was part of the Service’s annual awards’ event which included firefighters with over 20 years’ service being presented with the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.
In total 16 staff, including firefighters, senior officers and non-uniformed staff, received Long Service and Good Conduct awards at the event.
Photo: Tony Thomas.
The fire damage in the Kinnaird Street property. Photo supplied by Watch Manager Joe Cunliffe from the Incident Investigation Team (IIT).

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