Praise for staff after blaze at care home

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Alex Watt and Shane Brennan
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EMERGENCY services and specialist care home staff have been praised for their actions during a fire in Trefnant.

Firefighters were called to a fire at the Hafod y Green care home in Trefnant at 5.30pm on Monday.

Ambulance crews and members of North Wales Police also provided help during the incident.

A total of six crews  from St Asaph, Rhyl, Denbigh, Abergele and Prestatyn and the aerial ladder platform and incident command unit from Rhyl were at the scene to tackle the fire using breathing apparatus, hose reels and main jets.

All 33 residents were removed safely from the home and have since been placed in homes throughout the county.

Staff at the home were praised for the role they played in the emergency.

Assistant manager of the home Tom Wynne said: “The staff have done a remarkable job.

“33 residents were evacuated to the back of the building and obviously the firefighters have done their job as well.

“It was down to their help and the staff training that everyone got out safely.

“Everyone is safe, that's the main thing.

“I can't stress enough what a remarkable job the staff have done.

“Luckily, we've got fantastic staff.

“We've got to look at the positives. It's a big building and only about a quarter of it has been damaged.

“The damage is mostly limited to three bedrooms in the old part of the building.

“Nobody has been seriously hurt or injured and that's the main thing.”

The emergency services received further praise.

Meirick Lloyd Davies, county councillor for Trefnant, said: “I must compliment the emergency services, the fire service, ambulance service and the police who worked extremely well together last night, it all worked to a tee.

“They had the mobile incident unit there and that worked very well indeed.

“It has proved to be very fortunate that room has been found for all the residents now.”

Mario Kreft, the chairman of care forum Wales, who lives in Denbigh, said:
“Mercifully, nobody appears to have been injured in this fire.

“We are grateful to the emergency services for their efforts in tackling the blaze and arranging for the residents to be taken to safety.

“It was, nevertheless, a deeply shocking incident and we will provide all the support we can to the owners at this difficult time.

“This is the worst nightmare for any care provider which is why we spend so much time and effort on staff training in relation and I am sure this will have been crucial in terms of the safe evacuation of the residents when the fire started.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire was being conducted yesterday.

North Wales Fire Service hope to establish a cause for the fire by today (December 18).

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