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Amputee firefighter back at work
Shaun Parker
Shaun Parker's recovery was described as "remarkable"
A firefighter whose leg was amputated after a serious accident has rejoined a Devon fire service.

An injury outside work in 2001 forced Shaun Parker to retire after ten years as a Bovey Tracey retained firefighter.

One leg was amputated below the knee. The artificial limb has been tested for strength and heat resistance.

Mr Parker, 37, of Bovey Tracey said: "When something like this happens, you can't stay at home and think about it, you have got to get on with life"

After the accident, Mr Parker first tried working for Devon Fire and Rescue Service in the community safety department, but was retired on ill health in 2003.

I was determined to get back on the appliance
Shaun Parker

Determined to return to operational duty, he reapplied to join the service when the Disability Discrimination Act began covering firefighters in October 2004.

While doing a basic training course, his new leg was tested to withstand a weight of 365kg and climbing up and down ladders.

He said: "One of the trainers on the course said he could not tell the difference between what I could do and the other people on the course.

"I was determined to get back on the appliance. I've got a family and two young kids and had to keep going."

Devon's Chief Fire Officer Paul Young said: "Shaun's determination and commitment to return to operational duties is an example to us all.

"His remarkable recovery from a horrific accident is testament to his dedication and hard work."




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