A MYSTERY Tameside firefighter who was first at the
scene of a dramatic collision has been tracked down.
Kio Rostamian from Ashton's White Watch took control when he
happened to walk past an overturned car and saw people panicking at
the scene last week.
The firefighter's training proved vital as Kio was able to calm
everyone down and stop members of the public from doing anything
that would inadvertently injured the trapped woman any more.
Kio said: "I was just walking back from Stretford when I saw the
car so I legged it over and there was people trying to help in
their own way.
"There were two guys trying to turn the car back over so I
identified myself as a firefighter and asked them to stop.
"I started talking to the woman, asked her how she was feeling
and assessed her really quickly. She seemed ok but I told her not
to move and asked her not to look around.
"I got another member of the public to stand in front of the
windscreen. I did a quick 360 around the car to see if I could get
in but I couldn't so I just kept talking to her.
"As the ambulance arrived, I got a few people to do emergency
stabilisation and then the firefighters from Stretford arrived so I
went to the officer in charge and briefed him on what I'd
Kio, who has been with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service for around four years, just went home and thought nothing
more about what he'd done until his own watch were talking about it
when he next came on duty.
"It wasn't a big deal," added Kio. "I've realised now that all
the training we're given really does help because everyone else
around was flapping.
"You can do more damage if you do the wrong thing even if you're
trying to help so it helped and calmed everyone down that I knew
what to do.
"But I didn't even tell my girlfriend or my flatmates because I
saw it as nothing. When I came into work and the watch was talking
about it, I thought it was because the police had been in touch
wanting a witness statement.
"I thought all the media interest was a wind up because I didn't
think I'd really done anything big."
Firefighters from Stretford and Sale fire stations were called
to Edge Lane, Stretford, at 12.50pm on Thursday, February 28.
Watch Manager Keiran Gillam, based at Stretford Fire Station,
said: "We arrived and saw two or three people doing emergency
stabilisation of the car, it looked like he had taken charge and it
allowed the paramedics to get to the casualty to begin helping
"He came up to us and said he was an off-duty firefighter from
Ashton and asked if he could provide any more help."
The crew did not catch Kio's name as their focus was then to
help get the woman from car.
The 37-year-old woman was taken to hospital suffering from pain
in her back.
Greater Manchester Police had the road closed for about an hour
while firefighters worked to rescue the woman from the car.
Councillor David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Authority, said: "This shows the character of GMFRS
firefighters - they never truly see themselves as off-duty and are
regularly prepared to step in and use their expertise even when
they're not with their crew and in uniform.
"Hopefully, this woman will recover quickly thanks to the
actions of Kio and his on-duty colleagues who turned up shortly
"Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service now rescues more
people from cars than house fires and, as a result, firefighters
and community safety staff are working tirelessly to help people be
safer on our roads."
See pictures from the incident on our Facebook page.