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Island Firefighter heads to the Ukraine 7 February 2007

Leading Firefighter Danny Dooley will travel to the Ukraine next week to train fire crews there in the operational use of breathing apparatus.

An Isle of Man firefighter for 23 years, Danny, 44, is spending two weeks of his annual leave training under the banner of the international charity Operation Florian.

Danny Dooley and Bruce KirkhamOperation Florian, named after the patron saint of firefighters, is an international charity which encourages established fire services in the western world to give up their time and surplus equipment to train and equip fire services in developing countries.

Currently one of the Isle of Man’s community fire safety officers, Danny is visiting Ordzonikidze and Feodosia with firefighter Carl Hunt from Humberside, to share their expertise with fire crews in the use of breathing apparatus (BA) and road traffic collision procedures.

He said:

‘I met Carl three years ago on a training course and we both wanted to give something back and signed up to help Operation Florian. Now we hope to give up two weeks each year to help fire crews who don’t have access to the equipment and training that we do.

‘One of the stations we’re visiting has just two BA sets between 50 firefighters so we’re also taking 20 BA sets with us, thanks to Operation Florian, which are surplus donated by stations all over Britain and Ireland.’

Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kirkham commented:

‘The Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service donated some surplus equipment to Florian last year which went to Paraguay. Old uniforms which were still fit for purpose but which had been replaced with the latest kit here were donated – on the basis that second hand equipment is better than no equipment.
‘What Danny is doing is absolutely great. In developing others he’s stretching himself and using his skills in an environment which will develop him both professionally and personally, and he has my wholehearted support and admiration.’

Photo caption: Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kirkham (right) congratulates Leading Firefighter Danny Dooley on his charity mission to the Ukraine

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