On 9/21/2020 6 days after hurricane Sally devastated the Gulf Coast. Engine 17 and Strike 17 ( Strike 17 is a 4 man engine from East Lake Fire-Rescue Florida assigned to station 17 to assist with the heavy call load after the storm) dispatched to a residential structure fire. Engine 17 and strike 17 arrived on scene with a single story residential structure with heavy smoke showing. A resident in the front yard stated 1 occupant was still inside the structure. Engine 17 officer and firefighter made entry ahead of the hose line to search for the occupant. Strike 17 stretched hose line for fire attack.
The Interior search crew located a elderly female in a back bedroom. She was removed out of a window in the room she was located in to the outside vent team. Occupant was transported to local hospital.
Picture attached includes members from East Lake Fire-Rescue Strike team and Escambia County Fire-Rescue Engine 17. FF Justin Hammonds was apart of the rescue but not pictured.
🚒 A rapid response from Escambia County firefighter Charles Bailey saved the life of a victim trapped inside a home on Sunday, July 19.
👨🏽🚒 Bailey, rescued one adult from the window of a home after just 1 minute and 40 seconds.
“This is an outstanding display of situational awareness, confidence, training, and actions leading to the saving of a life,” said Paul Williams, Escambia County Interim Fire Chief. “This was one of those times that required immediate action, and firefighter Bailey’s response was the right decision for the situation in which he encountered.”
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