London Fire Brigade

Shoreditch firefighters praised by London Ambulance Service

31 July 2015

Shoreditch firefighters have been praised by London Ambulance Service for saving the life of a man found collapsed in the street just outside the station.

The red watch crew were alerted to the unconscious man by an off-duty firefighter, who had been passing the station on Saturday, 25 July.

Watch Manager (WM) Mark Lanaway said: "We grabbed the Immediate Emergency Care (IEC) pack and when we got to the man an off-duty doctor was with him and giving him mouth to mouth.

"We got out the oxygen and put the mask on him. He did have a pulse, but what we did was put the defibrillator on him anyway to monitor his heart rate. No shock was advised, so we continued to use the bag valve mask to help his breathing until the ambulance arrived."

After the incident the London Ambulance Service Joint Response Unit tweeted: "Well done @LondonFire (Shoreditch) crew who just carried out CPR on a collapse in the street. The patient left the scene conscious, the swift actions of the Shoreditch crew undoubtedly saved the patient's life."

WM Lanaway added: "Luckily for him the passing off-duty firefighter alerted us and the doctor was there, but the watch performed very, very well and it was a good team effort."