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Off duty vols rescue driver

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  12.08 PM 24 July, 2013

Location: District 8 News

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Two Tyabb CFA members became accidental heroes after a car lost control and landed on the front lawn of their Somerville home.

Housemates James Dodge and Adam Smith were asleep when they heard a loud bang about 12.20am.

James said at first he thought it was a possum, but after seeing flames outside his window he knew he needed to take action.

“I went and woke up Adam and we ran out the front. We saw a car on fire on the front lawn and a guy inside who was screaming. I grabbed the garden hose and was able to knock the flames down enough so Adam could pull the driver out through the passenger window,” James said.

“If it wasn’t for our CFA training we wouldn’t have known how to deal with the situation. We tossed up whether to wait for the fire brigade to arrive, but if we had waited the driver wouldn’t have survived.”

21-year-old Adam has been a member at Tyabb for two years and 22-year-old James has been a member for five years.

The driver was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital.

Last Updated: 25 July 2013