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||Congratulations to Station Manager Mark Saltern and Firefighter Richard Bluett on completing 30 years of service with Cornwall County Fire Brigade
Monday 8th May at about 3pm both appliances from Delabole along with Wadebridge, a Rescue Tender from Bodmin and 3 wholetime officers were alerted to attend a car which had gone over the cliff at Atlantic Terrace, New Polzeath. one male person was released and taken into care by the Ambulance service then flown by Air Ambulance to Derriford. The Coastgaurd also attended this incident.
Sunday 7th May at 2pm both appliances from Delabole Fire Station were mobilised to an AGA fire at Otterham Station. The fire was out on arrival, the crews vented the property.
Thursday 4th May at 0610am Two appliances attended an road traffic collision involving a single vehicle on the B3266 between Delabole and Camelford. Assistance was given to the Ambulance Service with the patient and the scene was made safe.
Thursday 27th April 9.20pm Firefighters from Delabole were mobilise to the Bolventor Area for a Gorse fire about 2 acres in size beaters were used to extinguish the fire
Thusday 27th April In the afternoon multiple calls were recieved by Fire Control to a large fire at Dobwalls.
This turned out to be a Scrapyard fire involving scapped vehicles. The amount of appliances increased during the incident
and involved crews from Liskeard. Bodmin,Wadebridge, Callington, Looe, Launceston, Newquay and St Dennis.Lostwithiel, St. Austell Wadebridge, Fowey anf the water carrier from Helston are in attendance. This is as well as the Command Unit from Launceston, the Support Unit from St. Austell and the Welfare Vehicle from St. Dennis. Relief crews were used over night and involved four major appliances from Delabole, Polruan, Saltash and Callington. Two water carriers from Wadebridge and Helston which shuttled water to the scene. Other equipment used included a High Volume Pump, Foam Pod, and Aerial ladder platform.
Wednesday 26th April Just after Noon one appliance from Delabole was called to Make Up at Kilkampton Bude.
This was to a large wooden shed well alight breathing apparatus and HRj's were used to extinguish the fire. Appliances from Holsworthy and Hartand also attended the incident. A monitor was also used.
Friday 21st April at 6.40pm Delabole Firefighters along with one appliance from Liskeard and one from Lostwithiel were called to about a large are of Gorse on fire at Dozmary Pool Bolventor. Crews used Beaters and Hosereels to extinguish the fire.
Friday 21st April at 6.30pm sn appliance form Delabole was mobilised to investigate smoke seen near Roughtor. The fire was out on arrival.
Wednesday 12th April at 716am Both Appliances attended a Lorry Fire at near Davidstow on the A39 on arrival the fire was out. One hoserell was used to cool the brakes which had been on fire, the vehicle was made safe.
Friday 7th April at about 5.50pm Delabole Firefighters were alerted to attend a gorse fire in the area on Davidstow Moor. Both the Main appliance and the 4 wheel drive vehicle attended. The crews found a gorse fire over 8 acres of land and requested further assistance a 4 wheel drive vehicle from Padstow and Wadebridge attended with crews to extinguish the fire using beaters. A wholetime officer also attended.
Monday 20th February at 0525 an appliance was mobilised to Advent along with a wholetime officer to a carbon monoxide alarm sounding. On arrival crews found zero readings but removed contents from a log burner. Three female casualties were in the care of the ambulance service with the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Saturday 31st December Just after midnight at 00.02 am a crew with one appliance left Delabole Station and attended a vehicle fire on Davidstow airfield. Two sets of BA were worn by the crew who extinguished the fire using two Hrj's.
Sunday 25th December Christmas Day at 1027 The Firefighters at Delabole were mobilised with the First Away to a reported Chimney Fire at Mount Camel, Camelford. When the crew arrived they found the house heavily smoke logged. BA was used to get a Positive Pressure Fan to work to clear the property of smoke. The Crew were then able to tackle the fire which was extinguished using a Stirrup pump and Chimney rods.
Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve at 1548 a call was received for a house fire at Old Road Boscastle. Delabole Firefighters were mobilised along with an appliance from Bude. When the first firefighters arrived on scene it was found to be a two story building with the fire involving a tumble dryer. the fire was tackled by Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus a Hrj was used to extinguish the fire.
Saturday 10 December at about 12.30pm Delabole Firefighters attended a minor RTC at Anvil Road Camelford where they found minor damage to a car preventing the passenger from alighting from the vehicle. The uninjured person was released by the crew using small tools.
Wednesday 30th November at 5.55am Delabole Firefighters and the Rescue tender from Bodmin attended a road traffic accident on the A39 Davidstow junction. Crash rescue equipment was used to release a female casualty.
Thursday 24 November at 6.41pm Delabole were called to a fire at Davidstow which involved a woodburner stirrup pump and rods were used to extinguish the fire.
Sunday 13th November at 8.19pm. A crew with the Main Appliance were mobilised to a chimney fire at Rockhead, Delabole . Small tools and a stirrup pump and rods were used to extinguish the fire.
Sunday 9th October just after 20 minutes to oneFirefighters were called from their beds to attend an incident in Camelford. The Brigade was called by a concerned neighbour who heard a smoke alarm sounding in Mount Camel area. On arrival the crews found smoke issuing from the ground floor flat. Breathing Apparatus and Hrj's were used to rescue a man from the flat. First aid was administered and a small fire extinguished in the kitchen. A positive pressure fan was used to clear the flat of smoke.
Saturday 8th October at about 8.30pm Delabole firefighters attended a car fire on the A39 near Camelford. Using 2 hosereels and BA the fire was extinguished.
Saturday 1st October at 6.45pm two appliances from Delabole along with one from Wadebridge were mobilised to Fore Street Port Isaac where a passer by had reported smoke coming from a house. Crews had to force entry to the property, where they found a chimney fire involving a woodburner. The fire was out on arrival. A crew waited at the scene for the owner to return.
Sunday 18th September Delabole firefighters were called along with Bude, Delabole, Launceston, Callington, Wadebridge, Padstow, St Austell, Newquay, Saltash and Devon & Somerset FRS Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. wrer called to 2 Industrial Units Alight at Kings Hill Industrial Estate, Bude. 6 main jets were used with BA and a aerial platform.
Wednesday 7th September ajust before 8pm one appliance from Delabole attended a car well alight between Waterpit Down and the A39. Two Hrj and BA were used to extinguish the fire.
Sunday 28th August at 0921 Delabole Firefighters were called out to 5 people in a tent suffering from possible effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning just off the B3266 near Camelford. Before the Ambulance arrived to convey the 5 people to hospital oxygen was administered to two casualties with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Thursday 18th August at 1642 Both of Delabole's appliances attended a gorse fire at Castle Road Tintagel. Beaters and shovels were uised to extinguish the fire. An unattended bar-b-que was the cause. CCFB has advice on bar-b-que's here
Sunday 31st July at about 3.50pm Delabole Firefighters attended a property fire at Valley Truckle Camelford. Breathing Apperatus was used along with a Hrj to extinguish the fire. A Supervisory Officer was also in attendance.
Friday 22nd July Crews from Delabole, Bude and Wadebridge were called to a fire in a Fish and Chip shop in Penally Hill Boscastle the road was closed and one person was treated for smoke inhalation crews using breathing apparatus used a hydrant and main jet to extinguish the fire.
Tuesday 19th July just before noon Delabole were called to a person trapped under a 4 x 4 vehicle on a farm near Advent., Camelford, the person had been released when the crew arrived. The vehicle was made safe and the crew assisted paramedics with the casualty.
Sunday 10th July at about 9.15pm Delabole firefighers were called to a chimney fire at Camelford. The fire was extinguised using chimney rods.
Wednesday 5th July at 11.08pm firefighters from Delabole and Wadebridge were mobilised to a property fire at Bossiney on arrival it was found that the fire was on the ground floor of a 2 story building which involved clothing. The fire was extinguished with a high pressure hose reel by firefighters wearing BA. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear smoke from the premises.
Sunday 3rd July at 6.15pm Delabole Firefighters were called along with Bude and the Rescue tender from Bodmin to attend a Road Traffic Crash on the A39 at Davidstow. The incident involved two vehicles and crews released a trapped casualty using crash rescue equipment. Police and Ambulance were in attendance.
Saturday 2nd July at 12.25pm Delabole firefighters were called to a RTC on the B3266 this incident involved 2 vehicles a trapped person was released using Crash Rescue equipment.
Friday 1st July at 6.41pm Delabole and Bodmin firefigjhters were alerted to rescue a horse which was in shallow water but unable to climb the river bank near Trebarwith. Specialist vehicles from Bodmin and Bude were also mobilised to this incident. Lines and stops were used to effect the rescue.
Thursday 23rd June at 5 minutes to Midnight Delabole Firefighters were alerted along with Bude Firefighters to a property fire at Poundstock. The fire was in the kitchen and involved a tumble dryer, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hosereel jet, smoke was cleared from the premises using the positive pressure ventilation fan. A tortoise from the kitchen area
Friday 17th June in the early hours at 1.07am Two appliances from Delabole and one from Launceston, along with a supervisory officer attendeda shed fire at Hallworthy. On arrival crews found a shed measuring three meters by five meters to be alight. One monitor, one hose reel jet, and two breathing apparatus sets were used to tackle the fire.
Saturday 21 May at 8pm Delabole firefighters attended a derelict building fire at Port Gaverne.Wadebidge firefighters also attended this incident, which involved a fire on the ground floor of the property. A hosereel and breathing apparatus was used to tackle the fire
Friday 13th May at 5.30pm Both appliances from Delabole were called to a fire at The Butts, Tintagel. On arrival the crews found a fire in the kitchen on the ground floor of the house and used breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the fire. First aid was administered to one casualty until the arrival of the Ambulance Service.
Wednesday 11th May at 9.40pm Two appliances from Delabole and one from Launceston were called to a report of a car fire at Davidstow Airfield. The car was against the side of a building. The vehicle was well alight and twofirefighters wearing BA and using 2 Hrj's extinguished the fire. access was gained to the building which only had slight fire damage.
Tuesday 3rd May about 2pm Delabole Firefighters were called to a van fire which was well alight in St Teath the crew used 2 sets of BA and 2 hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.
Sunday 24th April at 1838 Both appliances from Delabole Fire Station attended a Hedge Fire at Wilsey Woods, Hallworthy. One hosereel and beaters were used to extinguish 15 metres of hedge. The cause was believed to be arson.
Sunday 24th April at 3.50pm The Wtr/L from Delabole was called to a Road Traffic Collision in
Fore Street, Camelford, where wo vehicles had a coming together. The vehicles and scene were made safe by the six Firefighters attending.
On Wednesday 20th April at 5 minutes to 3pm Both Delabole Appliances attended a Workshop Fire at St Juliot, Boscastle. The call was also attended by an Appliance from Bude and the Water Carrier from Wadebridge, a wholetime officer also attended. On arrival crews found a workshop building approximately 6m by 15m containing a propane gas cylinder and oil drums, with the contents well alight. Breathing apparatus and a hose reel were used to extinguish the fire the gas cylinders were removed from the building.
At 4 in the morning of Friday 8th April Delabole firefighters were turned out to a chimney fire at
Pennkarn, Delabole. The fire was extinguished using a stirrup pump and rods
Tuesday 29th March at about 1025 am Two appliances from Delabole and one appliance from Wadebridge attended a extractor fan fire in a second floor flat at Anvil Court, Camelford. Firefighters using breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hosereel.
Thursday 17th March at 2.10pm Delabole firefighters attend with firefighters from Launceston a Lorry fire which was well alight on the road between Canworthy Water and Wainhouse Corner. 2 breathing Apparatus hosereels and a main jet was used to extinguish the fire which also affected overhead electicity cables.
Sunday 28th February about 10am firefighters from Delabole were called to assist Bodmin crews for reported smoke issuing from the roof of a property in St Breward. On investigationthe fire was found to be confined to the chimney. Rods and other equipment was used tio extinguish the fire.
Friday 29th January at 8.20pm Delabole Firefighters were called to a car fire at Hallworthy the crew used Breathing Apparatus and 2 hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.
Saturday 23 January at 4.40pm One appliance with a full crew from Delabole attended a 2 vehicle collision on New Road Boscastle. The scene was made safe
Saturday 16th January at about 10.30pm Two appliances from Delabole Fire Station were mobilised to a fire in a building at Davidstow Airfield. On arrival crews discovered a small fire in a disused building which was out on arrival. Arson was suspected
Sunday 10th January 2016 at 1.15pm One appliance from Delabole Fire Station and the Rescue Tender from Bodmin Fire Station, attended a road traffic collision, located near Cold Northcott Wind Farm. On arrival the firefighters found a single vehicle on its roof in a roadside ditch. The driver was out of the vehicle and was uninjured. The crew made the vehicle safe before car was recovered.
Wednesday 16 December 2015 at about 9am Delabole firefighters attended a Road Traffic Collison on the B3266 Boscastle and camelford Station The driver was trapped in the vehicle and released using crash rescue equipment and taken to hospital.
Friday 4th December 2015 Firefighters from Delabole were called a reported kitchen fire in Hartland Road, Port Isaac On arrival crews found a fire in the downstairs kitchen areaa of a two storey semi detached house,, firefighters wearing breathing appartus used a hosereel to extinguish the fire. Firefighters from Wadebridge also attended this incident
Monday 23 November at 2.56pm The Wtl from Delabole attended a car fire in Mill Lane Camelford On arrival the crew found the car was well alight and firefighters wearing two breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.
Wednesday 14th October 2015 at 4.15pm Delabole along with others were alerted to attend a small airfield at Roserrow Golf and Country Club nearr Polzeath after Fire Control received a call reporting an aircraft having to make an emergency landing. It was attempting to make the landing at a small airfield attached to a Country Club. On arrival at the incident, the aircraft was found to have landed intact and the pilot was uninjured and in the care of Ambulance personnel. Police were also on scene. It seems that the propeller of the restored single-engine Aeronca fell of at about 2000 feet over New Polzeath into a building site no-one was injured.
Tuesday 13th October at 1333 One appliance from Delabole was alerted along with Launceston plus the Rescue Tender from Bodmin to attend a Road Traffic Collison with Persons Trapped the incident took place between the A395 turning for Davidstow and the B3262 turning for Hallworthy.It involved two vehicles and two casualties one of which was a trapped in the vehicle. Crash rescue equipment was used to release the casualty who was airlifted to hospital via the Devon Air Ambulance. The second casualty was attended to by ambulance personnel.
Sunday 4th October at 7.20pm One appliance with a Crew left the station to attend a Chimney Fire in the High Street at Delabole a a stirrup pump and rods to extinguish the fire.
Cornwall Fire Brigade issues advice on Chimney Fire prevention
Thursday 17th September 1130am A crew attended a Road Traffic Collision at Davidstow involving 2 vehicles. There was a fuel leak which was dealt with and the scene was made safe. Ambulance and Police were in attendance.
Wednesday 2nd September about 9pm a crew from Delabole attended a call to a car fire near Trewetha Port Isaac.
On arrival the crews used BA and two HrJ's on the vehicle which was well alight. This vehicle had been involved in a road traffic accident
Tuesday 1st September at about 6.30pm Delabole were alerted to a fire at Davidstow Creamery involving wood chips for the Biomass boiler.
Appliances from several staions were called to the incident, including the hydraulic platform from Newquay.
Wednesday 26th August Early this morning at about 2.30am the firefighters attended a reported property fire at the Butts Tintagel, On arrival a fire was found in the conservatory of the end of terrace property. The crew used a Hrj to extinguish the fire and a positive pressure fan to clear the smoke. Wadebridge were also alerted to this incident.
Wednesday 5th August Just after 5pm Delabole Firefigters were alerted to a Car fire in the High Street outside the Playing Field Gates. Flames were issuing from the car and two Hrj and two BA were used to extinguish the fire.
Saturday 1 August just before 10am One appliance and crew were called to an accidental car fire near Trebarwith the fire was extinguished using breathing apparatus and 2 hose reel jets.
Sunday 19th July near 3.45pm Delabole was alerted to a Barn Fire near Stratton, also attending were appliances from Bude and Launceston along with 3 wholetime Officers and Support vehicles from St Austell and St Just. The crews used Breathing Apparatus and a main jet to extinguish the fire.
Saturday 4th July at 10am Delabole Firefighters were again turned out this time to assist Wadebridge and Bodmin with a fire at a Nursing Home at Trebetherick. The fire originally started in the kitchen and spread to the ground floor of the Home. Breathing Apparatus and Hosereel jets were used to bring the fire undercontrol. 12 residents were evacuated from the property and found alternative accomodation a positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear smoke from the property.
Friday 3rd July 3pm sees Delabole out again to a road traffic collision involving 2 vehicles at Otterham Station. The scene was made safe and the road washed down.
Wednesday 1st July at about 10am a Delabole appliance attended a tuble dryer fire at Tintagel an appliance from Wadebridge was also called to the incident.Two BA sets were used along with a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Smoke was removed from the premises with a positive pressure ventilation fan.
Tuesday 30 June at 5pm Delabole firefighters attended a Western Power transformer on fire at Dairy Crest Davidstow (was it a seagull or couldn't it stand the heat perhaps) In todays very hot weather 24c. The Area was made safe.
Saturday 27th June near 1.30pm crews from Delabole Wadebridge and the Rescue Tender from Bodmin were called to a Road Traffic Collision at Trevillett Tintagel. On arrival one vehicle was found with a person trapped, the casualty was released by crews using Crash Resue Equipment and thence to the Air Ambulance. Paramedics were also in attendance
Wednesday 24th June at about 9.30pm Firefighters from Delabole attended a call to 2 Portaloos on fire at Crowdy Reservoir Davidstow the fire included a patch of grass and fence. A hosereel was used to extinguish the fire.
Monday 15th June in the early hours at 15 minutes to 4am the main appliance was alerted to leave the station for Tresparrett were the crew found 2 vehicles on fire. Breathing apparatus and 2 Hrj wrere used to extinguish the fire.
Following this fire there was another call to Advent at just after 5am where some hedge and two tyres was alight, hosereels again were used to extinguish the fire.
Saturday 2nd May Imediatly following the incident below the crew along with another appliance from Delabole station and one from Wadebridge attended a Chimney fire at Tintagel where a thermal imaging camera was used and chimney rods were used to tackle the fire.
Saturday 2nd May Delabole Firefighters carried out an animal rescue at Slaughter Bridge at 8pm a large horse was stuck between a wall andthe stable 6 personell used a hose looped around the horse to pull the animal backward to extricate it.
Tuesday 28th April The cold snap has people lighting fires in their grates again, check that your chimney has been swept properly. At 6.30pm the crews at Delabole were called to a chimney fire in the High Street they used chimney rods to put it out. Whilst the crew cleans any mess up it can disrupt your evening.
Friday 24th April at 15 minutes past 2pm The crew at Delabole were alerted along with Wadebridge to a shed fire at Polzeath. On arrival it was found that the fire had spread to some trees and fencing. Crews used 2 hosereel jets whilst wearing breating apparatus to tackle the fire.
Saturday 11th April The crews were alerted at about 6.30pm to a Road Traffic Collision involving 2 vehicles at Waterpit Down. One person was trapped in a vehicle and crash rescue equipment was used to release the person. Appliances were also mobilised from Wadebridge and the Crash Rescue tender from Bodmin. The casualty was taken by Air Ambulance to hospital.
Thursday 1st January another early start for the men at Delabole firestation. they were called to a car accident on the Bodmin to Camelford road the B3266 near Helsbury the vehicle made safe and the casualty was released from the car by paramedics.
David cutting the cake with his wife Edwina
Firefighter retires after a record 40 years service at Delabole Community Fire Station
Firefighter David Broad was given a retirement dinner at Trethorn Golf Club & Hotel on Saturday 12th September 2015. When we enjoyed a informative (say no more) DVD compilation of images and video, following the excellent dinner.
Serving under 5 Station Officers Jack Richards, Sam Broad (Davids Father), Cyril Langdon, Chris Keat and Mark Saltern. Many changes have been seen however the comradely spirit has remained the same throughout .
David was joined at the dinner by Firemen past and present along with their wives who are most important in the life of a Retained Fireman, to keep the home fires burning so to speak, and provide warmed up meals a lot of the time!
Fire Station Car Wash 2014 at Trevathan Farm
Firefighters from Delabole Fire Station held a Car Wash at Trevathan Farm St Endellion on Saturday 6th September 2014.
There was side stalls as well as the car wash and proceeds were for the Firefighters Charity
Delabole Fire Station raise over £500
On Wednesday 4th July the rain managed to hold off for the car boot sale and various games and activities to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity. Around 23 stall holders packed their way around the fire station. With plenty of fun and games on offer we managed to raise a grand total of £543.00. Mark Saltern (Station Officer) said this was a great achievement and would like to thank supporters and helpers for making it such a great success.
The new firefighting rig for 2010
Delabole Firefighters encounter RAF
Delabole Fire Crew were returning after a pumping exercise on Davidstow moor, and noticed two helicopters landing on the old airfield at Davidstow, so on going to investigate, it turned out to be two Puma helicopters from the 'Royal Air Force' refuelling ready for an exercise on Bodmin moor.
The Air Force Crew invited the Delabole Firefighters a tour around one of the Puma helicopters, before setting off to collect troops on Bodmin moor.
St Breward Barn Fire
|Delabole Firefighters were called at 04.51 a.m, on Thursday 21st May, to Farm Buildings on fire at St. Breward. Also a Pump and Water Carrier from Bodmin attended to tackle the blaze.
||Firefighter Simon Heard, fitting a Smoke Alarm on a home fire safety check,for Mr & Mrs McKnight, of Delabole.
This free service, is available to anyone.
We offer fire safety advise in the home, and fit smoke alarms if needed, all free.
Anyone that requires a HFSC, can contact
Bodmin Admin, 0120872312.
Shed Fire near Delabole
||Firefighters deal with a shed fire, just after 7.00am, on Sunday 12th April near Delabole.
Appliances from Delabole and Wadebridge were mobilised, the incident involved a shed measuring about 12 x 5 metres, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hosereel jets to extinguish the fire.
Fire at Polzeath
||Following a night out on the tiles or rather the slopes of Roughtor from about 9pm Thursday to 3.30am on Friday morning the Firefighters from Delabole were called to a building well alight at Polzeath at about 4.30pm, on Sunday 22nd March 2009
The pictures show scenes from the incident which involved 4 pumps from Wadebridge and Delabole, and 2 from Bodmin.
St Columb were relief crew from about 11.00pm
Santa and his Helpers tour the Streets of Delabole with the help of the Fire Brigade.
Firefighters and helpers handed out promotional items from the Brigade shop and collected donations for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.
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Photo's by Adrian Jasper
Sub Officer Ken Goodman Retires after 37 years
Serving and Former Members of CCFB
CFO Matt Littmodem presents Ken with Certificate
Ken Recieves statuette from
Stn O Mark Saltern
Audrey recieves bouquet from
LFf Clyde Ferguson
Ken recieves award from
DO Brian Crowle
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'copyright' photo by David Flower
Leading Firefighter Clyde Ferguson and his wife Helen, are pleased to announce the birth of there daughter Lucy, born on Tuesday 12th December 2006, at 6.44 am, 7lb 11oz, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.
The photo is Lucy's first visit to the Station at one week old.
Back Row:- Sean Edwards, Don Cuff , David Broad, Michael Davey, Clyde Ferguson, Simon Heard,
Front Row:- Shane Trewin Richard Bluett, Sub/O Ken Goodman, Stn/O Mark Saltern,
LFf Leigh Oulton, Simon Hunt
Mercedes Atego appliance
The Toyota L4P
Firefighter Shaun Edwards
Delabole Fire Station's latest recruit
The Delabole Firefighters in rig for various rolls
Certiicate of Commendation
The Executive of Cornwall County Council and the Chief Fire Officer of Cornwall County Fire Brigade hereby commend:
Station Officer Mark Saltern
Sub Officer Kenneth Goodman
Firefighter Richard Bluett
Firefighter Michael Davey
Firefighter Peter Trewin
Firefighter David Broad
Firefighter Roy Hooper (Launceston) For their actions and in particular their speed,courage and professionalism at
The North Cornwall Floods on 16th August, 2000
The Insider view to the Boscastle Flooding
Photographs taken from inside the houses and shops of Boscastle
Photo's copyright C.Gull 2004
The North Cornwall Flood
Many Thanks to Richard Bluett and Helen Saltern without whom
this article would not have been possible
JUST ANOTHER DAY…….OR WAS IT!
Sat at my desk busy working away at my admin duties, as always! I received a call from my husband who is a Station Officer with the Cornwall County Fire brigade based at the Delabole station. He was warning me that I would not be able to get home as he was attending flooding of approximately 3 foot on the roads near Camelford. Now, I have to say, I laughed, as I looked out the window in Bodmin and the sun was shining and people were strolling around in shorts! He assured me that it was no wind up and suggested that I call him again before leaving work so he could update me on the roads.
Pictures taken as Flood Developed
Just before five I gave him a call and got a very broken reception from his mobile with him saying “I’m at a major incident”. He sounded worried, and I became concerned as to what he was dealing with. The call was barely audible and the line broke off. Concerned, I drove home taking a different route in order to avoid Camelford. To my surprise I got home without a problem, a few puddles nothing more. Tried to call him again, no reception. Switched the TV on and got the shock of my life, for news was pouring in of a major disaster in Boscastle (approx 8 miles down the road from where I live). The pictures were showing terrible scenes of flooding, lives were feared lost, but not confirmed and the village cut off. I cannot describe how I felt, knowing my husband was in there, but where I do not know. The next five hours were the worst I’d ever had, I tried endlessly to contact him, but to no avail and I continued to watch the horror unfold on the TV just praying they would not mention anything bad about the fire crew.
I received a call after 10.00pm, from my hubby who said he was fine but had been airlifted out from a roof top. He told me the full horror of his ordeal when he returned home a few hours later. Him and his crew of five had arrived first on scene, my husband radioed the control centre and declared a ‘major incident’ asking for all the help that could be activated, they started moving people away from buildings and bridges etc, the water had continued to rise to a point that they had no option but to head into a shop and make their way upstairs to the first floor. They had taken in with them members of the public who had been cut off from an escape route. The property had rooms in the roof space and a velux window. The fireman removed the velux and noticed further velux windows on an adjoining property where young children could be seen very distressed and frantically trying to escape along with adults. Swiftly the crew removed the window and pulled the occupants (approx 16) plus a dog, out onto the roof and in with them. Helicopters were by this time hovering around airlifting people from properties around. By this point the water was up to first floor level, a raging torrent, vehicles were being swept down the road, trees, debris and some buildings collapsing! My husband said that it was at this point he feared for all their lives as the floor beneath their feet was shaking. Thankfully, all 34 people in the room plus all six fire fighters were rescued by the helicopter crews, and as far as we are aware to this point no one lost their life, which was a miracle.
Since, he has been on numerous news channels, in papers hailed a hero, although he doesn’t like being called that as he looks at it as his job, and met Prince Charles! I have told him to be careful, and not to get too big for his wellies!!
Just another day? Hope I never have another one like that again! And I’m certain both my hubby and the people of Boscastle agree too!!
Story by Helen Saltern
Pictures by Richard Bluett
© Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and Queen's Printer for Scotland
Source Cabinet Office
In recognition of the work of the Emergency Services
The Prime Minister and Mrs Blair request the honour of the company of Mr Mark Saltern at a Reception at 10 Downing Street , Whitehall on Monday 13 December 2004, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
200 guests have been invited – with names suggested by the Departments of Health and Transport, the Office of the deputy Prime Minister, DEFRA and the Home Office.
I still cannot believe that I actually received such an invite, I still remember the moment when I was informed about the invitation by a senior member of the brigade, I couldn't believe it then and here I am standing at the door of number 10 Downing Street, still in disbelief! After a five hour jaunt by train, which I have to say, was surprisingly on time, and then a swift black cab ride to the gates by a very chatty cabbie, I found myself going through security, very similar to an airport, and now standing at the black door to the Prime Minister's home, wow! I got chatting to another invitee who had a camera “would you take my picture” he asked “If you'll take mine” I replied, we both laughed and relished in the moment of posing in front of the famous door.
The door opened and we were invited inside where we were asked to leave any mobile phones and cameras in a shelving unit to the side. We strolled down the impressive hallway to the end were a large table was laid out with 200 name tags. I was passed my name tag and immediately noticed I had an additional orange sticker on mine, this was explained a few minutes later when I was asked to remain in the hallway for further instruction. Now panic would have set in at this stage had it not been for the fact that there were now another nine people in the same position. We were finally asked to follow a member of the staff into another reception room on the first floor where wine was passed around and I shared idle chit chat with the others, now I could get used to this! It was not long before the Prime Minister, Tony Blair came into the room and shook our hands, we were then led one at a time over to Tony (on first names now!) where we had our picture taken in front of the famous fireplace, as you can see from the photograph. I talked about Boscastle and how my crew and I had been first on scene and mentioned how all the emergency services and agencies pulled together at Boscastle preventing what could have been a large loss of life. Mr Blair asked me to convey his thanks to the Cornwall County Fire brigade for a job well done.
Soon the doors to the adjoining reception room were opened creating one large room and we joined the rest of the invitees along with other ministers like John Prescott, David Blunkett and his guide dog, who I had the privilege to chat to ( Mr Blunkett that is), again discussing the incident at Boscastle, its familiarity with the Lynmouth disaster and his amazement that no lives were lost at Boscastle. I met a selection of other fire-fighters from all over the country, including whole-time and retained, along with members of the Ambulance services, Police, Coastguards, RSPCA, Council staff, Air Crews involved and Salvation Army, who I thanked for their support in Cornwall during the Boscastle floods, telling them how pleased we all were that they were there to help feed us all! I had a quick chat with Mrs Blair, not that I'm name dropping! And then Mr Blair made his way up to a podium to address the reception and again offer praise to all those present and the emergency services and agencies in general.
Before long, it was all too soon to leave the reception and begin my trek back to Cornwall . Another black cab ride to Paddington and onto the train west. Feeling tired but still elated, I thought I'd try and get a little shut eye, when I was approached by the ticket officer who offered me a seat in first class where a hot complimentary coffee was presented to me along with a paper. Think it might have been something to do with the dress uniform I was wearing!
Well, what can I say, an experience I will never forget, a bit like the Boscastle event itself!
Stn/O Mark Saltern
The New Mercedes has arrived
Delabole drivers are at present in the process of training for the new appliance
which is due some time in November. the new appliance is a
Mercedes Atego and is slightly wider and longer than the old one.
Firefighter Simon Hunt
Ff Simon Hunt who joined the station in January
being put through his paces on the drill ground.
Firefighter Bob Heggan
Firefighter Bob (Aussie) Heggan is leaving station 7.2 at Delabole and Cornwall County Fire Brigade to return to the warmth of "Down Under". whether Bob will be taking his surf board or buying a new one we haven't been able to find out.
He will be missed by his mates at the Fire Station and those who know him. He is pictured with the crew being presented with a statuette of a fireman by Station Officer Mark Saltern
FireFighter Geoff Cleave Retires
On Friday the 3rd August the lads and their partners gathered once again at The Setters Restaurant, Delabole for the retirement party for Fire Fighter Geoff Cleave.
by Official Website Fire Brigade Correspondent
StnO Mark Saltern, Geoff Cleave and
ADO Brian Crowle
DO Kevin Marshall, Geoff Cleave and
ADO Brian Crowle
Geoff has served the Delabole Fire Station for 20 years and will be a much missed member of the crew. Unable to attend were Steve Fitzpatrick (past fire fighter) and Andy Barrett (Stn/O from Bodmin).
Also unable to attend was the usual photographer David Stacey but the evening was saved by a budding new snapper by the name of Chris Hore (former fire fighter) with all his latest technical equipment, namely a digital camera, sadly he still needs to practise using it as the photos were reported to have had more takes than a Universal Pictures Production! Some lame excuses used by Chris were that some of the clothing worn was too dark!
Speeches were made by Stn/O Saltern, ADO Brian Crowle, DO Kevin Marshall and Geoff Cleave himself.
Prior to the speeches being done and while everyone was enjoying their main course the peace was shattered by the sounding of the alerters! A quick exit was made by the duty crews, while the remainder continued to enjoy their meal! The crews had been called to a report of a vehicle leaking fuel at Boscastle. Crews stopped the leak and hosed the road down( probably done in record time ) and returned to their main course within the hour.
All speeches praised Geoff Cleave on his faultless record and Geoff's speech was certainly touching to many who attended. Geoff was presented with a certificate for twenty years service by ADO Brian Crowle, a hand painted statue of a fire fighter and Sandra (Geoff's wife) was presented with a large bunch of flowers.
A good evening was had by all and all the crew are now awaiting the results of budding David Baileys photos!
Geoff and his Wife Sandra
Kevin Marshall says a few words
New Firefighter at Delabole Station
2001 saw another recruit at Delabole Fire Station, Clyde Ferguson has joined the ranks of Delabole Retained Firefighters.
Ff. Clyde works at Luggs Garage say hello if you see him there.
You may also have come across his Dad, Graham, who is a paramedic working out of Camelford Ambulance Station.
I'm also told that Clyde has a keen interest in Camels!!
15 Years Service
Station Officer Saltern completed 15 years service at the end of October 2001. Ff Bluettwill complete his 15 years of service at the end of November 2001.
Recruiting is currently being undertaken at Delabole Fire Station there at present two possibles. Only one is attending the fitness test, the other was unable to attend due toa surfing injury (good start!).
Fire Station Car Boot Sale
On Wednesday August the 25th the Fire Brigade held another car boot sale in aid of the Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund. The usual car boots were supplemented by a bouncy castle, various games including 'Wheel of Fortune', Horse Racing, Hoopla and of course the Bar-B-Q. There were also various stalls inside the station and the ladies were serving tea and cake.
Sub Officer Ken Goodman and visitors
Delabole's No1 Appliance the Mercedes Atego
Locals and Visitors at the
Car boot Sale
Stall holders begin to start business