Birmingham firefighters respond to collision 200 miles away from their station

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

An off-duty crew of firefighters were on their way from Birmingham to Newcastle when they helped rescue the driver after a car crash.

Anthony Busst, Andrew Connolly, Rhys Suban, Lee Renenhan and Andrew Butler were on their way to the 'Festival of Rescue', a national extrication competition in Tyneside, but as they arrived on Newcastle's Central motorway, they were confronted by a one-vehicle collision.

The single occupant of the vehicle involved was trapped inside and the Birmingham-based crew were on scene before emergency services had arrived.

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The team, from Northfield Fire Station, rushed to the vehicle, secured a cordon and helped co-ordinate the emergency service response.

The occupant of the vehicle was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries but the response of the off-duty crew ensured he was attended to as quickly as possible.

Senior fire officers have praised the efforts of the team and said it showed the ‘collaborative spirit’ of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation event.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said: “We were incredibly proud to host the Festival of Rescue which really show-cased the region, and the skill of fire and rescue services from across the country."

“The response to this incident shows just how determined members of the fire family are to keep our communities safe and that was what this festival was all about."

“I want to personally thank our West Midlands colleagues for providing a safe working space for our crews.”

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The Cheif Fire Officer for West Midlands Fire Service, Phil Loach, has also commented on the actions of the heroic crew.

He continued, “I’m pleased we were able to offer our assistance, and would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the West Midlands Fire service to wish the occupant of the vehicle, a safe and full recovery.”

Anthony Busst is the commander at Birmingham's Northfield Fire Station Crew. He said: “When we saw the collision we knew we had the training to be able to assist local emergency services so didn’t hesitate to stop.

“We were first on the scene and our priority was making the area safe and offering reassurance to the occupant of the vehicle.

“Our thoughts are with them as they continue to recover from their injuries and we are just glad we were able to do something to help.”