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Wigan Red Watch Crew Manager, Martin Pike has been recognised for his actions at a rescue from height incident on November 13, 2017 at Pagefield Mill, Wigan where he brought a woman to safety.
On arrival, Martin observed a young female stood at the top of a four storey mill threatening to take her own life.
Martin proceeded to enter the mill and made his way to the roof via the stairs where the young female was. After 20 minutes, he managed to convince the 15-year-old to step away from the edge of the building and accompany him out of the mill where other agencies could provide support.
The afternoon saw the Chief Fire Officer Dawn Docx, Bolton Borough Manager Lee Coleman, Wigan Station Manager Wayne Van Hecke and the two crews from Red Watch at Wigan come together to celebrate Martin’s gratitude.
Dawn opened the colleague recognition event by saying: “What makes GMFRS the best service in the UK is the people, and how they go above and beyond.
“Each and every firefighter in the service go the extra mile and therefore it is so important to do these Colleague Recognition events and show that we recognise our firefighters for the incredible work they do.”
Amongst coffee and cakes, Wayne talked about the challenging incident that Martin played a respectful part in. He said: “What resonates with me on this incident was we all know the risks associated to Pagefield Mill, and Martin put himself at a lot of risk emotionally of what he’s done.
“You have gone massively above and beyond your training and anything you would normally do in your day-to-day work.”
Borough Manager Lee Coleman gave a thanks to Martin, and the Red Watch crew by saying: “It is absolutely out of this world the work you did Martin.
“Each and everyone one of you do amazing work. Martin, thank you.”
Colleague Recognition events give staff the opportunity to recognise a colleague, volunteer, business partner or young person for their hard work, achievement, life-saving actions or contribution to successful activities within Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).