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HVAC Hero nominations begin to arrive

Following last week’s launch of the H&V News editorial campaign to recognise those in the industry who went beyond the call of duty in the recent bad weather, nominations are starting to arrive.

Chimney Care in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was among the first to respond, nominating Ben Spackman and Sam Msalmi, who left home at 6am on the morning of the first snowfall in late November.

They successfully managed to install heating appliances for the company’s customers, obviously essential to combat the freezing temperatures, but were unable to return home until 4.30am the following morning.

Their selfless approach is typical of the sacrifices made by others in the industry and certainly deserving of recognition.

Denis Armstrong and Tony Quinn, heateam engineers, also showed they were made of stern stuff when the snow arrived in the Newcastle area.

Mr Armstrong was unable to free his van from the snow, so teamed up with Mr Quinn to reach customers experiencing problems.

The pair worked two 14-hour shifts on consecutive days to ensure that their workload was completed.

Mr Armstrong continued his efforts at the weekend, along with colleagues Ian Thompson, field service manager, and engineer Norman Robson.

The three drove to Gateshead on the Saturday morning to dig engineer Sean Gray’s van out of the snow, which had been stuck for two days.

Their colleague Tom Oldfield also performed heroics in Sheffield, ignoring the considerable problems on the roads in the area to deliver tyre socks to colleagues so that they were able to work the next day.

The ongoing snowfall and freezing conditions are no doubt requiring further HVAC engineers, contractors and installers to exhibit similar exemplary behaviour.

Nominate your colleagues today for a mention as a HVAC hero and put them in the running to receive a prize in the New Year.