Firefighter dies while on duty in flood-hit Staines

A firefighter died while on duty in a flood-hit town. Clifford Cox died at Staines fire station last night, his next of kin and family have been informed. Mr Cox had served as a firefighter in Surrey for nearly 25 years.

Circumstances of firefighter's death 'not yet known'

Surrey Fire and Rescue have not confirmed the cause of death of firefighter Clifford Cox, despite reports he suffered a heart attack while on duty in Staines.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Moore said:

We can confirm a firefighter has died at the station but he was not on a call at the time. The circumstances of his death have not been established. We are saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time.

BBC News reports that FF Cox is believed to have died following a heart attack.

Tribute to 'lovable, larger than life' Firefighter

Mr Cox, 53, who was known as "Biff", died at around 6pm after collapsing at the fire station, the Surrey branch of the Fire Brigades Union said.Colleagues tried to resuscitate him but were unable to save him.Richard Jones, the brigade branch secretary, said:

Biff was a lovable character with a larger than life personality. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

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Fire Services tweet condolences for Firefighter Cox

Fire Services, charities and individuals from the service across the country have sent messages of condolence to Surrey Fire and Rescue after the death of a firefighter at Staines.

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the @surreyfrs firefighter who died last night.

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Our deepest sympathy to the family, friends & colleagues of the firefighter from @surreyfrs who very sadly died this evening. Such sad news

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Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and colleages of the Firefighter from @surreyfrs who died on duty. RIP

Firefighter Clifford Cox 'will be greatly missed'

It is with profound regret that I have to inform you of the death of Firefighter Clifford Cox at Staines Fire Station earlier this evening. We are deeply saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this very difficult time.

FF Cox was based at Staines Fire Station on Green Watch, having served in Surrey for nearly 25 years. He will be greatly missed by the Service and his colleagues.

This is understandably a very difficult time for all, particularly in light of the on-going major incident and the demands placed on all staff.

Welfare arrangements are in place for the crews of both Staines and Sunbury who were involved.

– Surrey Fire and Rescue Service statement

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