Brave jetting operatives help tackle fire during serious incident

6th February 2024

We’d like to show appreciation for two of our people, Perry Mitchell and Harry Jones, Jetting Operatives on Morrison Water Services’ Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Network Operating Services (NOS) contract, for their incredible bravery, following a car fire last week.

Perry and Harry, were driving to an on-call job in Chester, when they were faced with a car which had burst into flames, following a crash on the Blossoms Junction in Bagillt.

Seeing the flames rising in the distance, the quick-thinking pair jumped into action, using the high-pressure hose from their van to extinguish the flames.

All our operational vehicles on the NOS contract carry a high-pressure water jetting unit. On the night of the blaze the vehicle was holding 800 litres of water.

Harry, said: "We were in the traffic and about 500 metres away but we could see the flames rising. We have a high-pressure hose in the van and managed to get it up by the car on fire.

"We used the high-pressure hose, and it was out in minutes."

Perry added: “We've never had to do anything like this before, but it was just the right thing to do as we knew we could help put the fire out.

"The police officers thanked us, and we went on our way."

Soon after the incident was reported, two crews from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service arrived, alongside an environmental protection team. No injuries have been reported.

Ross Davies, Operational Manager at Morrison Water Services, said: “It is always great to hear when one of the teams you manage goes above and beyond their duties. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in this road traffic incident, and I believe the actions of Perry and Harry prevented it from escalating into something more severe, which could have resulted in far more serious consequences for those involved and significant damage to the carriageway if the fire had taken hold fully.”

At Morrison Water Services, safety is our number one priority, making sure we look after our people, the public and the communities in which we work.

We’d like to thank Perry and Harry, who having considered the potential risks, demonstrated quick thinking and heroic actions to protect lives and reduce the potential impact of the incident.

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