TWO firefighters put their life-saving skills into action when a pensioner suffered a heart attack.
Green Watch members from Fulwell fire station, Nicola Pattison and Bob Carr, performed CPR when the woman collapsed while they were attending a water leak at her home.
The crew was called to Hardwick Rise at about 10.30pm on Saturday where the water gushing from the upstairs of the house was affecting the electrics.
Nicola discovered the woman had suffered a heart attack and had stopped breathing. After calling for help, she and Bob began CPR.
Bob, 50, from Sunderland, who has been a firefighter for more than 27 years, said: “We examined the lady and we could not find a pulse. She had stopped breathing and there were no signs of life.
“Nicola started the compressions and used the defibrillator while I used the bag and mask to provide oxygen.”
Wearsider Nicola, 31, who has been a firefighter for 12 years, said: “It’s the first time I’ve had to do this for real. It’s good to know that the skills we’ve learned in our training have been put to good use.”
She said a neighbour, who had worked as a paramedic, also helped with the resuscitation until the ambulance arrived.
Nicola said: “After about seven or eight cycles of CPR, the lady suddenly took a big gasp or air.
“There is no doubt she is lucky to be alive. She was in the right place at the right time.”
The pensioner was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Station manager Steve Graham, said: “I am incredibly proud of Nicola and Bob. Our firefighters are used to saving people’s lives in a fire or a road traffic collision, but saving someone’s life in a situation such as this is not something they are used to, even though they have the skills.
“The service provides defibrillators on all its fire appliances and trains all firefighters in first aid skills. This incident has clearly shown the benefits of this investment and thankfully someone is alive today as a result. We hope she continues to improve.”