Firefighter from Engadine Fire Station awarded by Fire and Rescue NSW on St. Florian’s Day | County Leader of St George and Sutherland

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An Engadine firefighter has been awarded for saving the life of a woman trapped in a house fire. Chief Firefighter, Matthew Diegutis of the Engadine Fire Station received a commendation for his courageous actions and meritorious service. The recognition was part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) recognition of the courage and commitment of 44 firefighters to mark St. Florian’s Day, International Firefighters Day. It recognizes those who have shown outstanding bravery in an emergency. On May 19, 2021, his quick actions saved a woman who was inside a burning house in Fairy Meadow. Several residents exited the property safely when firefighters arrived. But the woman, who was calling Triple Zero, fell unconscious in a front bedroom. Amid fears of an imminent explosion of fire, Mr Diegutis climbed out of a window, unable to see anything and in the face of extreme heat, he reached for her hair and dragged her outside. She was successfully resuscitated by NSW paramedics. Five of his colleagues, from Wollongong and Bulli Fire Stations, also received unit commendations for meritorious service. Two crews from NSW RFS Engadine Brigade, along with Grays Point RFS, Bundeena, Engadine, Heathcote, Illawong, Maianbar and Waterfall crews received the Commissioner’s Unit Citation for service, for efforts as part of a team Sutherland Shire multi-tanker strike crew which responded to the Clyde Mountain fire which affected Batemans Bay on New Years Eve (2019-20).

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Courage: Matt Diegutis of the Engadine Fire Station with FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter with an award for a brave act.

An Engadine firefighter has been awarded for saving the life of a woman trapped in a house fire.

Chief Firefighter, Matthew Diegutis of the Engadine Fire Station received a commendation for his courageous actions and meritorious service.

The recognition was part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) recognition of the courage and commitment of 44 firefighters to mark St. Florian’s Day, International Firefighters Day. It recognizes those who have shown outstanding bravery in an emergency.

On May 19, 2021, his quick actions saved a woman who was inside a burning house in Fairy Meadow. Several residents exited the property safely when firefighters arrived. But the woman, who was calling Triple Zero, fell unconscious in a front bedroom.

Amid fears of an imminent explosion of fire, Mr Diegutis climbed out of a window, unable to see anything and in the face of extreme heat, he reached for her hair and dragged her outside. She was successfully resuscitated by NSW paramedics.

Five of his colleagues, from Wollongong and Bulli Fire Stations, also received unit commendations for meritorious service.

Two crews from NSW RFS Engadine Brigade, along with Grays Point RFS, Bundeena, Engadine, Heathcote, Illawong, Maianbar and Waterfall crews received the Commissioner’s Unit Citation for service, for efforts as part of a team Sutherland Shire multi-tanker strike crew which responded to the Clyde Mountain fire which affected Batemans Bay on New Years Eve (2019-20).

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