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Kington Firefighters recognised for their service to the community

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Kington Firefighters recognised for their service to the community

The heroic roles played by six Kington firefighters in rescuing a woman and her two-year old child during the flooding following Storm Dennis have been recognised by commendations from Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis.

On 16 February 2020, the crew demonstrated swift and excellent decision making under difficult circumstances when they performed their courageous rescue from flood water.

At Letton, during the height of the spate conditions in the early part of the year, the crew entered the water to rescue a female driver and her child who were stuck in the car.

In rising water, the crew used wading poles and entered the water, making contact with the vehicle’s occupants and carrying them to safety.

The crew of Watch Commander Alan Dixon, Crew Commander Gary Barnett and Firefighters Lauren Barnett, Mike Davies, Liam Davies and Andrew Davies received their awards from CFO Travis at Kington Fire Station.

“Without the decisive actions of the crew and based on the information available to them, the outcome could have been tragically very different,” said Station Commander Deb Davies, who nominated them for the award.

At the same ceremony, FF Andrew Davies was presented with his 40-year Long Service award by CFO Travis for loyal and dedicated service to the local community for over four decades, which is a significant achievement that only a few firefighters manage to attain in their careers.

And, in a third presentation on the night, Lauren Barnett’s role in delivering key community safety messages through national media saw her receive a Letter of Congratulations from the Chief Fire Officer.

Lauren and some of her colleagues from Kington, including her father Crew Commander Gary Barnett, featured in a live segment on Channel 4’s The Steph Show, demonstrating how Fire and Rescue Services were still maintaining essential emergency cover during the pandemic and lockdown.

Lauren’s friendly and bubbly demeanour came across so well on camera that she was asked to reappear on a subsequent edition of the show and was also interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live.

“Lauren did herself and her crew proud, showing herself to be a great ambassador for the Service and representing the role of on-call firefighters in rural communities,” said Group Commander Martin Lown, who nominated her for the award.

“It’s fantastic to recognise the achievements of our teams in this way,” said CFO Travis. “And on this occasion Kington firefighters have not only demonstrated their commitment to saving lives, but they have also shown their commitment to serving their community over many years as well as promoting the wider role of the service and the vital role of the on-call firefighter.”