UK fire service pays tribute to Barry Martin

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The UK fire service has paid tribute following the death of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighter Barry Martin who lost his life on Friday following injuries he sustained at a serious and complex fire in Edinburgh last week.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Interim Chief Officer Ross Haggart said: “It is with profound sadness that I confirm, on behalf of his family, that Barry Martin has passed away this afternoon following the serious injuries he sustained during a large-scale fire at the former Jenners building in Edinburgh. Barry, who was being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, had been in a critical condition since Monday’s fire.

“I speak for the entire Service when I say that we are all devastated by the loss of Barry and our thoughts remain with his family, friends and colleagues at this deeply distressing time.

“Both Barry’s family and the Service have been overwhelmed with the messages of support we have received and we thank everyone for the time they have taken to share these.

“Barry’s family would also like to thank all the medical staff who have cared for him.

“I would now ask that we all allow Barry’s family, friends and colleagues to grieve in private.”

The National Fire Chiefs Council expressed its deepest sympathy and sadness. NFCC Chair Mark Hardingham, said: “I am devastated to hear the news that Barry passed away earlier today. It goes without saying that my thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones at this incredibly sad and difficult time.”

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said:  “Everyone in the Scottish and UK Fire and Rescue Service will be devastated by today’s events. Our hearts go out to Barry’s family, colleagues and friends, and to all those who mourn his loss.

“Barry was a dedicated firefighter and a well-loved member of the firefighting community. We are very proud that he was a member of our union. Like so many firefighters, he put himself at risk to save the lives of others.

“In due course, we will investigate the events that led to his death. Today, we are grieving for a colleague and a friend.”

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said: “The thoughts of everyone at London Fire Brigade are with Barry’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. His death will be deeply felt across the UK fire service and to every firefighter family.

“I have spoken with Interim Chief Officer Ross Haggart and offered any support they may need. As a mark of respect flags will be flown at half-mast across London Fire Brigade premises for 24 hours.”

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