Dominic’s a fire hero - even on his day off

BRAVE: James Draper and firefighter Dominic Furby collect their awards after pulling a man free from a burning car at Chain Bar.
BRAVE: James Draper and firefighter Dominic Furby collect their awards after pulling a man free from a burning car at Chain Bar.

An off-duty firefighter who saved a man from a burning car attended a national award ceremony.

Dominic Furby, station manager for Calderdale and district, was shortlisted for Firefighter of the Year after his courageous display of bravery earlier this year.

He was with his family when he saw the car on fire and a man unconscious inside at Chain Bar roundabout, Cleckheaton.

Along with passer-by James Draper, from Bradford, they were able to drag the man from the car and to safety.

He was commended by West Yorkshire fire bosses for his actions which led to him being shortlisted for the award ceremony at the Winter Gardens in Canary Wharf, London.

“It was a really fantastic day,” said Dom. “There were some amazing people at the cermony, people who have been through some incredible things.

“It was very humbling and emotional and it’s only when you talk to people one on one that you realise what they’ve been through.”

Although he didn’t win the award, Dom enjoyed a day out in London, which included meeting the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles and a guided tour of 10 Downing Street.

“Eric Pickles was very nice and it was really good to be able to have a look around Downing Street. It’s not something I thought I would ever get the chance to do,” Dom said.

“You see the door a lot on the television but it was interesting to see what’s behind it.”

Despite speaking to people at the ceremony who have suffered horrendous injuries as a result of fires, Dom said he would do the same thing again.

“You only have to look at what has happened with the horrific crash on the M5 last weekend to see how bad car fires can be,” he said.

“I know it’s a cliche but people who work in the emergency services are never off duty and it’s true.

“I would always act to save someone’s life and so would a lot of people, which is really good to know.”