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Firefighter receives GMFRS award for treating burns victim

A FIREFIGHTER who treated a man with severe burns following a fire has been awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Performance from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

At an awards ceremony on Monday, June 29, Firefighter Nick McCormick received the certificate during a colleague recognition event at GMFRS’ Headquarters.

Nick was given the accolade for his outstanding actions in attending to a casualty with severe burns following a fire at Riverside Paint Works in Collyhurst, Manchester.


Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen (left) and Firefighter Nick McCormick (right)

The fire took place on the morning of Tuesday, November 18, 2014, with the Broughton Red Watch firefighters being called to the paintworks after there had been an explosion and fire in a spray booth.

The casualty was sitting by the front entrance with his hands in a washing up bowl when the crew arrived.

Firefighters from Manchester Central were already tackling the fire and so Watch Manager Chris Rainford asked Red Watch’s trauma technician – Nick McCormick – to attend to the injured man while the rest of the crew helped to fight the fire.

At this point a crowd of around 150 staff members who had just been evacuated from the burning building had gathered around the casualty.

The man had sustained full thickness burns to his arms as well as partial thickness burns to part of his head and torso.

Under intense pressure from the situation and the crows of employees, Nick treated the man with multiple burns dressings until paramedics arrived 20 minutes later.

Nick continued to treat the man until he was transferred to the air ambulance.

The lead paramedic was so impressed with Nick’s actions that he fed back to the Officer-in-Charge post-incident that his actions had given the casualty the best possible chance of survival.

The certificate was presented to Nick by GMFRS’ Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen at a staff event, with large numbers of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service colleagues in attendance. 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:26
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