Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fareham firefighter's life-saving device rolled out to navy

Pete Broomfield Image copyright HFRS
Image caption Pete Broomfield with his invention - a strap which creates a bridge to stop cables getting tangled around breathing apparatus

A safety device created by a firefighter following the death of two colleagues is to be rolled out to Royal Navy vessels.

Pete Broomfield attended the 2010 fire in Shirley Towers, Southampton, which resulted in the death of colleagues James Shears and Alan Bannon.

An inquest found they were entangled in fallen ceiling cables.

Mr Broomfield's device forms a bridge to stop cables getting tangled around cylinders on firefighters' backs.

It was incorporated into all of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's breathing apparatus (BA) sets in 2012.

Mr Broomfield said he based the design for the strap on a hair clip worn by his wife.

He said: "It is extremely gratifying to think that something I created off the cuff will be making lives safer in other services.

"It is fantastic news that this is being rolled out to the military."

A wiring safety change requiring electrical cables to be mounted in metal trunking instead of plastic was also brought in following the fire.

Image copyright Hampshire Fire & Rescue
Image caption A Health and Safety Executive report found cables at Shirley Towers fell and trapped Mr Shears and Mr Bannon after plastic trunking they were cased in melted

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