About Steve North
Steve has been an operational officer in both London Fire Service and South Yorkshire Fire and rescue for over 25 years and have been honoured to serve those communities during this time.
The one element of the role he always particularly enjoyed is the training of personnel for them to be better and safer at operational incidents. This is why he entered the training department in South Yorkshire and then became the deputy lead for vehicle extrication for the service.
Before working in the training department, he was operational at South Yorkshires Technical Rescue unit which attended many major operational incidents across the county including regular Road Traffic Collision incidents.
For 6 years he competed in South Yorkshires extrication team at International level and represented the country in Johannesburg, Prague, Canada, New Zealand and Cape Town finishing in top tier positions before winning the world championships in the UK in 2004.
In 2006 he was asked to become an assessor for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) and quickly qualified to assess at Regional, National and World challenges and has assessed at many National challenges across the world including the World Rescue Challenge in Brazil 2016.
He was appointed as Technical lead for the UKRO Extrication Review Group and later in 2014 was promoted in the UKRO to Deputy Extrication lead and Assessor coordinator for National challenges.
The Rationale is simple:
“If we share our knowledge and skills – we will definitely save lives at the roadside”