Quick-thinking teenaged brothers showed remarkable bravery as they instinctively rushed to help after a car crash outside their home.
Fire service cadet Will Kibble, 15, and his brother Scout leader Oliver, 18, may well have saved a woman, who became trapped in an overturned car in West Hallam from much more serious injury.
At about 2.20pm on Tuesday (July 16), a Ford Mondeo collided with a Mercedes Sprinter van in St Wilfrid’s Road, and ended up on its roof.
Hearing the bang, Oliver shouted his brother and the pair ran outside.
Without hesitation or a thought for his own safety, Will put into practice the training he had received at Ilkeston Fire Station, holding the woman’s head in place and reassuring her while the emergency services arrived.
Meanwhile, Oliver used his leadership skills, gained from the 16th Ilkeston group, to direct traffic from the scene, as the Ford was blocking the road.
Will remained with the driver for the 15mins it took firefighters to cut her out of the car.
“Quite a bit of it was from my training,” said Will, who one day hopes to work as a firefighter.
“But some of it was kind of instinct. I wasn’t fazed at all – all I wanted to do was help her and make sure she was safe.
“I knew what the fire service would do when they arrived so I just reassured her.”
Oliver added: “Will knew exactly what to do, holding her neck and reassuring her because she was hysterical.
“I think I would have been more panicked if I hadn’t had first aid training.”
Will was praised by fire station manager at Ilkeston, Alan Ricmond.
“William remained calm throughout the incident and stayed with the casualty for at least 15 minutes whilst the extrication took place,” he said.
“Credit should be given not only to William who showed great confidence in carrying out the care that he did, but also to all of the instructional staff, youth support workers and firefighters at Ilkeston fire station who give constant and regular support to the cadets there.”
The woman was taken to hospital in Derby where she was treated for minor injuries.
But she was lucky that two brave brothers were on hand as it could have been much worse.
Will urged others to take up training like he and his brother have.
“If people were in my shoes they might not have known to do some of the things we did,” he said.
“They might have tried to move her for instance.
“I would encourage people to get that sort of training so they can help others.”
Will has just finished his GCSEs at Kirk Hallam Community College and moves into the sixth form in September.
Oliver is looking to go into further education now he has finished his A-levels at the same college.
Fire cadets range from 14 to 18 years of age and work towards a BTEC Level 2 Award in Fire and Rescue Services within the Community.
They undertake activities in first aid, road traffic collisions, fire extinguishers, ladder and pump drills, working at height, testing and caring for equipment, home fire safety checks and breathing apparatus drills. They also take part in a wide range of community events and are involved in partnership working with ‘Youth United Derbyshire’ involving uniform youth groups from across Derbyshire e.g. police cadets and Scouts.