The H&V News campaign to recognise those in the industry who go beyond the call of duty is gaining momentum, with a growing list of HVAC Hero nominations.
Those nominated so far include Chimney Care’s 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 but were unable to return home until 4.30am the following morning.
Kevin Green (pictured), who works on the Plumb Center counter in Grimsby, walked six miles in deep snow to arrive at work for 8am, ensuring he was on hand to provide essential customer service.
Bailey Maintenance engineers also showed considerable fortitude. Service engineers Steve Kendrew and Mickey Baines braved sub-zero temperatures to fix a heating coil on the roof of Northallerton Magistrates’ Court, which meant that considerable cost and inconvenience was avoided by allowing the day’s proceedings to continue.
Four service engineers in Scotland were also nominated by Bailey Maintenance.
Tony Rand , Barry John Mitchell, Alastair Gorskie and Scott Keenan all braved treacherous weather conditions to support clients.
This included urgent attendance of care homes, as well as supporting the local Fire and Rescue department as its own team dealt with one of its busiest call-out periods on record.
Denis Armstrong and Tony Quinn, heateam engineers, also showed they were made of stern stuff.
Mr Armstrong was unable to free his van from the snow, so teamed up with Mr Quinn and the pair then worked two 14-hour shifts on consecutive days in the Newcastle area.
Mr Armstrong continued his efforts at the weekend, along with colleagues field service manager Ian Thompson and engineer Norman Robson.
The three drove to Gateshead on the Saturday morning to dig engineer Sean Gray’s van out of the snow.