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Brunswick 10-year-old a Triple Zero Hero

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02 Jun 2016
A brave little girl who called for help after a house fire last year has received a Triple Zero Hero award.

Isabella and her pet dog Ruben were trapped in their smoke-filled home after a kitchen fire in Brunswick on Thursday 7 May, 2015.

A working smoke alarm alerted the 10-year-old to the fire and she used the information learned in Fire Ed at school to call Triple Zero on an iPhone with no sim card.

A neighbour saw the smoke coming from the home and smashed a window to help the girl and her dog escape.

On scene within minutes MFB firefighters had the fire under control quickly. Paramedics attended to the girl to check for possible smoke inhalation and shock. The pet dog was uninjured.

Senior Station Officer Brendan Veal remembers the call vividly.

“It’s not every day you get a call to rescue a little girl and her dog from a house fire,” he said.

Today Isabella was among 29 children to receive an ESTA Triple Zero Hero award at the Windsor Hotel in the city. SSO Veal attended the awards and praised Isabella for keeping calming in what was a very stressful situation.

The Junior Triple Zero Heroes award ceremony recognises young people who have called Triple Zero in an emergency, and rewards them for their bravery and clear thinking.

It also helps build awareness of the Triple Zero process and the importance of teaching children how to use 000 in an emergency.

Pic: Isabella with her parents Carmel and Frank, brother Riccardo and Senior Station Officer Brendan Veal

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