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Fire crew's first aid skills help young cyclist
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 27th July 2017 at 9:45

On Monday evening a young cyclist fell from his bike at the rear of South Shields fire station. Zak Johnson, who is 12 years old and lives locally also hit his head on a piece of concrete. He made it to the front of the building before collapsing, where he was discovered by firefighters. A crew from Green Watch (pictured above) placed a spinal collar on the youngster, gave him oxygen and kept him comfortable until paramedics arrived. He was then placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to South Tyneside General Hospital. The crew were also assisted by an off-duty nurse who was in the area. Thankfully a later update from the hospital confirmed Zak had been discharged after a check up – fortunately he didn't require treatment.
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