Tuesday 25 October 2016

Off-duty trainee firefighter hailed as a hero after rescue of man from burning house

Published 01/06/2016 | 16:27

Fireman at the scene this morning
Fireman at the scene this morning

An off-duty trainee firefighter rescued a man from a house fire this morning.

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Trainee Gheorge Toma was on his way to work at around 7am when he spotted smoke coming from the roof of a house in Greyabbey, Ballywalter, Co Down.

He ran into the burning house with a fire extinguisher and rescued a 50-year-old unconscious man from the upstairs bedroom.

With the help of two neighbours he brought the man downstairs and was met by Firefighters from Ballywalter Fire Station.

They gave him oxygen until an ambulance arrived and took him to the Ulster Hospital.

Lloyd Crawford, Southern Area Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) commended Toma for his brave actions that “potentially saved a life”.

“He embodies what working for NIFRS is all about. Gheorge has all the attributes we look for in a Retained Firefighter and will be an asset to the  local community, keeping them safe from a range of emergencies once his training is complete.  

“I would also like to pay tribute to the actions of the neighbours in supporting Gheorge and also to the Firefighters who attended the incident and prevented the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties.” 

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