Commendations for firefighters

Presenting and receiving the commendations (l to r) Councillor Jan Brunton, Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority; Crew Manager Adam Robinson; Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton and Firefighter Andy Shea

Cleveland Fire Brigade firefighters have been commended by Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton for their outstanding actions.

In April this year Firefighter Andy Shea from Thornaby White Watch assisted the police in pulling a man from the River Tees at Stockton in the early hours of the morning and saved his life.

Firefighter Shea was nominated by Mike Picknett, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Head of Emergency Response, who said:  “Firefighter Shea performed his task at night as a single rescue swimmer to a suicidal unpredictable male. Without doubt he helped save his life entered the water in full water rescue gear to recover a man who was unpredictable and non-compliant. He definitely saved his life.”

He was awarded a Certificate of Commendation.

In a separate commendation, the four crew members from Thornaby Green Watch, have been recognised for their professionalism in tackling a high rise flat fire at Anson House in Thornaby in April and then being redeployed immediately to assist with the attempted rescue of a woman from the River Tees at Yarm Bridge.

Dave Turton, Head of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, who nominated the crew for commendation, said: “The crew were involved in two incidents within three hours that unfortunately both involved a fatality. They were unfazed and professional when they were redeployed from the fire to the river rescue with no recovery or reflection time in between.”

Those involved were Crew Manager Adam Robinson and Firefighters Andy Whorlton, Steven Carter and Craig Cass. They were each awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

Presenting the commendations at a meeting of Cleveland Fire Authority, Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “These commendations are richly merited. They are outstanding examples of the professionalism, pride and passion shown by our firefighters in what are often very difficult circumstances.”