Two West Yorkshire firefighters are hoping to travel to Uganda to teach life-saving fire safety skills.
Ronan Bruce and Steve Hanson, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s breathing apparatus training department, plan to provide basic training and education in more than 30 schools, as well as training local police in basic firefighting and road-safety skills, as there is no fire service in the region.
The duo, both based at the service’s Birkenshaw headquarters, will be working with the Mityana Community Foundation in a bid to change behaviour and attitudes towards fire safety.
The organisation works with children, teachers and officials with the aim of eliminating deaths and injuries from fires.
Grandfather-of-two Steve said: “Unfortunately the people in this remote region of Uganda do not yet understand the importance of fire safety. We really hope this trip will allow us to improve the lives of children, their families and the community.”
Ronan, from Holmfirth, and Steve, from Leeds, are organising various events to raise the £3,000 they need for the trip, including a TAKE THAT 2 tribute night at Holmfirth Picturedrome on April 5. Proceeds will pay for flights, vehicle hire, accommodation and resources, while Ronan, 34, and Steve, 47, will meet any other costs.
Additional money raised will help the Ugandan charity and The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides rehabilitation for fire and rescue service employees, personnel and their families. For gig tickets visit: http://www.picturedrome.net/tickets/TAKE-THAT-2/20130405.htm