29 October 2018 - Firefighter commended by ambulance service for heroic actions

GMFRS CommendationA Greater Manchester firefighter has been commended by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) after he performed CPR to save a man’s life whilst on his way home from work.

Karl Grindrod, a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager had finished a night shift at Withington fire station and was heading home when he came across an incident where a man was unconscious on the floor and not breathing.

Karl pulled over and immediately began CPR alongside two other passers-by whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive and was able to revive the patient to full consciousness.

A certificate of recognition was presented to Karl at Withington Fire Station today (Monday 29 October) by NWAS’ Head of Service for Greater Manchester, Pat McFadden.

Pat said: “Karl’s swift actions that day were extremely brave and meant that the man he helped had the best possible chance of survival. We are honored to present Karl with this commendation and he should be immensely proud. 

“When someone stops breathing and goes into cardiac arrest, there’s just a few vital minutes where it is possible to save them which is why it’s crucial that members of the public are aware of how to perform CPR and are able to step in to help whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

“Karl went above and beyond his role as a firefighter that day, even continuing to help and support our clinicians once the ambulance crew arrived which is a great example of how well we work together with our GMFRS colleagues. We’d really like to say a huge thank you and well done.”

The patient was later taken to hospital by ambulance where he was treated for traumatic injuries following a fall from height.

Area Manager, Paul Etches from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Karl’s quick reaction at this incident and ability to perform this life-saving skill has undoubtedly given the casualty the best possible chance of making a full recovery.

“It’s fantastic to see that his actions, whilst off-duty have been recognised by NWAS and that Karl’s quick thinking and response on the night will have made a huge impact on the man’s life. He went above and beyond his role as a watch manager and he is a credit it to the Fire Service, and himself.

“I would like to thank Karl for his professionalism and dedication, and he should be incredibly proud of his actions.”

More information on CPR and life-saving skills can be found on the NWAS website, www.nwas.nhs.uk by searching ‘fact sheets’.