The retained crew were called to a road traffic collision in December 2019, where they performed CPR on a teenager who had been ejected from one of the vehicles involved.
The casualty was sadly pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of the Shanklin crew and then ambulance colleagues, whose attempts at resuscitation went on for a sustained period of time.
The teamwork and effort shown that day by the East Wight firefighters has been recognised by Chief Fire Officer Neil Odin who has awarded each of the crew a Chief Fire Officer’s letter of appreciation.
Group Manager James Lucy stated:
“The entire crew acted professionally and courageously in very testing circumstances and continued to work diligently at the incident, and these efforts have not gone unnoticed.”
It was hoped the presentation would take place last year, but due to social distancing guidelines Shanklin’s drill nights were held remotely.
Now that drill nights have resumed, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and former Shanklin firefighter, Steve Apter, ahead of his retirement this week, visited the station to present the crew with their certificates for their efforts that night.
The crew was made up of Watch Manager Darren Wood, Crew Manager Adam Wood, Crew Manager Steve Chapman, Firefighter Derrick White, Firefighter Dan Craven and Firefighter Josh Parsons.