Steve helps firefighters

A FIREFIGHTER is heading to Ghana to help train the country’s fire crews in road traffic collision rescue.

Steve North, based at Dearne fire station at Manvers, is part of a World Rescue Organisation team spending two weeks working with firefighters in the West African country’s capital, Accra.

The 50-year old is one of the UK’s leading specialists in RTC rescue, and an assessor for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation. He visited Ghana to teach rescue techniques in 2008.

He was also part of a South Yorkshire team named World Extrication Champions in 2004, and said his previous visit to Ghana proved invaluable to crews there: “I regularly get emails from the firefighters in Ghana telling me how they’ve saved the life of a car crash victim,” he said. “In 2008. I discovered that quite often their method of freeing someone trapped in a vehicle was to chop off their limbs with a hatchet. Obviously, things have changed.”