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Surrey Firefighter Awarded for Bravery

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November 17, 2015

Surrey Firefighter Duncan Barber was honoured by Mayor Hepner and Council at Monday night's Council meeting.

Duncan was awarded with the Deputy Commendation of Valour for an act of extraordinary bravery performed off duty or in the line of duty at imminent personal danger to life.

"The actions of Firefighter Barber speak volumes not just about the individual, but about the greater whole of all the fine men and women of the Surrey Fire Service," said Mayor Linda Hepner. "Duncan's initiative and selfless act are indicative of what our Surrey Firefighters do every day to make our communities and city a safer place to be."

On August 22, 2015, Duncan jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool to assist 4 RCMP officers trying to rescue a person in a submerged electric wheelchair.  Without any hesitation, Duncan assessed the situation and identified a solution.  With a rope in hand, he doffed his fire gear, jumped into the pool, dove down to the deep end and tied it onto the wheelchair.  This allowed the fire crew to pull the wheelchair to the shallow end so rescue of the patient from the pool was feasible.  Firefighter Barber’s initiative and quick actions, without concern for his personal safety, made a significant difference in the outcome of the rescue.

"We believe our staff is the foundation of our organization and that catching people doing something right provides an effective means of fostering high morale and esprit de corps," said Surrey Fire Service Chief Len Garis. "Every day our members demonstrate a high level of commitment and dedication to serving the best interests of the organization and the community. The SFS Commendation and Awards Program is designed to appropriately recognize the tremendous efforts made by these dedicated people."