Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Thaxted crew give life-saving first aid during open day

The crew from Thaxted dashed away from their open day to give life-saving CPR to a woman who had collapsed.

The crew were flagged down by a passer-by who told them that a woman had collapsed along the road. They left the open day, which was being held at The Star pub on May 30, and took the fire engine to help the woman.

When they arrived they found the woman collapsed on the ground with no heartbeat. The crew sprung into action and began giving her CPR and oxygen therapy. Using a defibrillator, crews shocked the woman and were able to restore her pulse and bring her back from the brink of death.

Firefighter Matthew Goullee said: “We were manning the stall at our open day when someone told us there was a woman who needed help. We took the fire engine to where she was and found her laying on the floor.

“We couldn’t find a pulse so used the defibrillator to shock her and gave oxygen from the tanks we carry on the appliance. We restored her heartbeat and kept working on her as we waited for Ambulance crews.

“The woman was taken to hospital by the Air Ambulance. The crew told us that had we not been there then the woman almost certainly would have died.

“We carry defibrillators and oxygen on our fire appliances and all of the crew are trained in how to use them. In this case it looks like the equipment and training saved a woman’s life. We were all just glad that we were in the right place at the right time and able to help.”

Assistant Divisional Officer Kevin Haywood, Thaxted Station Commander said: “The crews' quick thinking and action almost certainly saved this woman’s life. They put their training into action and thanks to the equipment they carry and the training they’ve had this woman was alive when she was handed over to Ambulance crews.”

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