Brave teen from from Halifax and hard-working fire team from Mytholmroyd in line for fire awards

A brave teenager from Halifax and the hard-working team at Mytholmroyd Fire Station have been shortlisted for prestigious awards.

Oskar Porada, who as reported by the Courier helped firefighters deal with a blaze near his home, has been nominated for the Sprit of Fire Child Hero award.

The 14-year-old, who is a student at Sowerby Bridge High School, took the phone from his polish-speaking mother after a fire broke out in the garage next to his house at Dunkirk Gardens in the early hours of May 31.

His mother had become hysterical and was difficult for fire mobilising staff to understand because of her anxiety and the language barrier.

Oskar was able to tell the worker his address and explain clearly where the flames were so the fire crews on their way knew exactly where to go when they arrived. The teenager also ensured and confirmed to the fire service that all of the family were safely out of the building while also calming his mother down.

Meanwhile the crews at Mytholmroyd Fire Station have been put forward for The Firefighters Charity Team of the Year title, awarded to a team that has protected their community with outstanding dedication and supported the fire and rescue service community by raising funds for the charity.

The crews have been praised for their “hard work and dedication, commitment, discipline, great team spirit and professional approach” and well as their enthusiasm for fund raising and helping the community.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, October 19 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.