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Kendal Fire Crew win award for "outstanding" work during the floods

A fire crew from Kendal have been awarded a Chief Fire Officer's Certificate of Congratulations for a rescue they carried out in Ambleside during the floods.

Certificate of Congratulations awarded to Kendal Fire and Rescue team Credit: ITV Border

Enhanced Cover Watch Manager Paul Hanby and the Kendal Appliance crew responded to an incident in which a couple were in serious danger from the flood water that surrounded their property.

When the they arrived the crew spoke to the couple on the phone. They were in the bedroom with the water level rising. The foundations had been washed away in one corner of the property and the couple were terrified that the house would be swept away.

After attempts to get to the couple were deemed too dangerous, the crew called for a rescue helicopter.

But delays to the helicopter meant it was decided the only way to rescue the couple from the fast flowing waters was by boat. Once the two casualties had put on lifejackets they were helped out of a window by the rescue team, before climbing down a ladder and into a boat.

They were then taken to safety in a nearby hotel.

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Fire crew commended for their work during floods

A fire crew from Barrow has today received an award for outstanding work during December's floods.

Barrow Blue Watch have been commended for their work during the floods Credit: ITV Border

Members of the Barrow Blue Watch crew, were given a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation for their work on three highly dramatic rescues. They included:

  • A dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a car in rising water at an unknown location near Kendal. The crew managed to locate and save the lady to a massive relief to all of the personnel in the control room who had kept her calm for over 20 minutes until she was found.
  • The crew then went to help 2 police officers had got in to difficulty on the A590. Their police van was right in the middle of the road being forced against the central reservation. With the water up to the windscreen of their fire engine the crew managed to navigate the appliance next to the police van and get the police officers to dry land.

Fire crews honoured for saving lives during floods

A rescue during the floods. Credit: PA

Firefighters who saved lives when flooding devastated Cumbria last December are being recognised at an awards ceremony today.

It's taking place at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith today.

They include a team from Penrith who rescued four adults and two children who had become trapped in a loft in Pooley Bridge.

Our firefighters did an incredible job right across the county during the floods; it's no exaggeration to say their work saved lives. But even in that context the work on these three rescues was truly exceptional. All three occurred in the most testing of conditions and required extremely high levels of skill, judgement and bravery. As a service, and a county, we should be proud of them and the difference they made that night."

– Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions

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