AN OFF duty firefighter came to the aid of a taxi driver
following a road traffic collision that left the cab on its roof in
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) received a
999 call reporting the accident on Mottram Road at 3.11pm on
Saturday, June 29.
As two fire engines from Stalybridge Fire Station made their way
to the incident, off duty Oldham Firefighter Steven Rudol was
driving home with his wife and children.
Steve said: "I guess I was just in the right place at the right
"I saw the taxi on its roof and I could see it had just happened
because there were no emergency services on the scene yet.
"I ran over and the man was hanging from his seatbelt and a
passer-by was trying to keep him calm.
"As a firefighter at GMFRS I knew what to do and was able to
climb inside the car and keep the man still moving him as little as
"Thankfully he was conscious and breathing and keeping him calm,
I was able to get him into a more comfortable position on the roof
of the car in order to keep his head and spine stable.
"Within two minutes my colleagues from Stalybridge arrived
followed shortly by North West Ambulance service."
The taxi driver and a woman from the second car involved in the
collision were checked out by North West Ambulance Service.
The taxi driver declined hospital treatment.
Watch Manager Jon Sweeney said: "It was really fortunate that
Steve was passing by. When we arrived he was able to assist us
because he was already in the car and had moved some seats to
"He kept the casualty calm and was able to brief me and the
paramedics and I'm sure he provided a calm and caring voice to the
taxi driver who was in shock while we worked around them to free
"We took the driver's door off with cutting gear and brought him
out of the hatchback."
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton said: "Steve's actions while off duty with
his family were fantastic and show that GMFRS firefighters always
know what to do in an emergency.
"GMFRS have trained trauma technicians on every fire station who
are trained and able to provide basic life support.
"But Steve's firefighter training kicked in and his
quick-thinking actions will have really assisted this man and
fellow firefighters and 999 colleagues in the critical phase of
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