Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighter helps to welcome baby girl into the world

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter who has been working as an ambulance driver with the East of England Ambulance Service helped to welcome a baby girl into the world.

Scott Draper has been an on-call firefighter at Billericay Fire Station for 15 and half years and for the last 7 and a half weeks, he has been driving ambulances during the pandemic.

Alongside 18 other on-call firefighters seconded to the Ambulance Service, Scott - who works as a landscaper outside of the Service - has been working 12 hour shifts to respond to emergencies across the county.

The first call for Scott and his colleague Sue on Wednesday (June 3) was to take a woman to hospital as she’d gone into labour almost two weeks early.

When Scott and Sue arrived, the baby girl decided she wanted to make her entrance to the world much sooner than expected and the team delivered her safely at home.

Scott got to enjoy a cuddle with little Zowie while Sue made sure her mum was ok.

He said: “To deliver a baby was such an incredible experience and I’m glad we were able to welcome Zowie to the world safely.

“It’s been amazing to work with the Ambulance Service and it’s a nice change from being a firefighter to being an ambulance driver. We’ve been able to get stuck in and help more than we thought we would and the knowledge we’ve learnt has been amazing and will help in our firefighter role.

“It’s nice to get an insight into a different service and every person I’ve met has welcomed me and all the other firefighters with open arms.”

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“I’m delighted that Scott has been part of such a wonderful experience and this little girl will one day be proud to find out that a paramedic and firefighter both helped to welcome her into the world.

“Our firefighters have gained so much experience while supporting the Ambulance Service and other emergency service colleagues while they serve those who live, work and travel in Essex.”

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