Student to receive fire service merit award
29th June 2015
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Tracy Le will receive the award at Danes Castle Fire Station on Wednesday 1 July at 10am.


The incident occurred on the night of 13 January 2015, when a serious fire developed in the second floor kitchen of Avon House at the Duryard Halls of Residence.


The fire originated in a microwave cooker and rapidly spread to the kitchen units before fully enveloping the entire kitchen. A significant volume of acrid smoke was produced, posing a very immediate and serious danger to life within the halls of residence.


Tracy, on hearing the fire alarm, immediately went to investigate the cause and on discovering the fire, used her fire marshall training to take charge of the situation. She instigated the full evacuation of the halls of residence and ensured that more than 150 students were moved to a place of safety while firefighting actions took place.


Station Manager Nigel Deasy, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This quick and decisive action taken by Tracy to lead the evacuation of the halls of residence greatly assisted the fire service in managing this incident effectively, contributing to the safe conclusion of the incident and so minimising the damage to the building.”


On arrival, fire crews from Danes Castle were presented with a fully developed fire in the second floor kitchen with flames and smoke visible, and had to act quickly to prevent the fire developing into a much more dangerous situation.

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