In the early hours of Monday the 2nd of August 2021, a fire broke out in a family home in Aylesbury. All 6 members of the family became trapped by the fire and smoke. Luckily the quick-thinking actions of the neighbours prevented further injury. Before fire crews arrived Jason, an Aylesbury resident, was able to catch two children from a first-floor window. He also brought a ladder from his property to help one of the parents escape from the home. Carol, another neighbour, also caught one of the children from a first–floor window.
For their courageous actions The Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell invited Jason & Carol to Aylesbury Fire Station and presented them with a ‘Team Letter of Commendation’ certificate from The Society for the Protection of Life.
We would once again like to thank Jason & Carol for their quick actions and for looking out for their community and neighbours. If you find yourselves in a similar situation, please remember the following points for keeping everyone safe.
- Don’t tackle fires yourself. Leave it to the professionals.
- Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.
- Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
- If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
- Before you open a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it – fire is on the other side.
Call 999 as soon as you’re clear of the building. 999 calls are free.