Family return to fire station to thank firefighters after the birth of their daughter

Southmead babyFirefighters from Southmead Fire Station had an unusual start to their shift last week when a husband and wife needed their help with the delivery of their baby girl.

Nick May was driving his wife Claire, who had gone into labour, to Southmead Hospital on Thursday 14 July from their home in Bedminster Down when it became clear that baby Lilly was not going to wait.

Nick had to take immediate action and drove into the yard at Southmead Fire Station, where he raised the alarm.

Members of Red and Green Watches quickly sprang into action with their trauma pack, oxygen and some clean sheets at the ready. They then were on hand to give advice and support as Nick delivered baby Lilly.

The family were then taken to Southmead Hospital by ambulance for a check up.

Southmead Station Manager, Derrick Hone, said: “This was a very unusual situation for crews but our firefighters are highly trained in first aid and trauma care so were on hand to help if the situation had required it. Fortunately, baby Lilly arrived safely and the family were taken to hospital to make sure they were all OK.”

On Thursday 21 July Nick, Claire and Lilly returned to Southmead Fire Station to say thank you to the crews who helped Lilly’s swift and safe arrival into the world.