On the evening of June 19th crews from Consett were called to reports of a man not breathing as part of the Emergency Medical Response Service (EMR) provided by our service.
On arrival the crew discovered the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately got to work with an aspirator to clear the man’s airways.
The crew did chest compressions and used the defibrillator and oxygen equipment to successfully regain a pulse in the patient.
This allowed the paramedics to deal with the more technical medical treatment when they arrived.
Paramedics quickly established the man needed taking to hospital urgently.
At this point it would be normal for firefighters to be released from the incident and for the ambulance service to transport the patient to hospital, but due to his condition and the level of treatment required, firefighters took the decision to continue to support the paramedics during the man’s journey to hospital.
Presenting Consett White Watch with their commendation this morning, Chief Fire Officer Stuart Errington said: “I am delighted with the way in which the crew responded to this incident.
“Their quick and decisive action allowed the man to be taken safely to hospital where he was able to receive further treatment.
“This is an excellent example of how working in partnership with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to offer an emergency medical response service is of great benefit to members of the public in County Durham and Darlington”