paramedic heads to Afghanistan war zone for medical work
Burnham-On-Sea paramedic is set to return to war-torn Afghanistan
this Spring to help train medical staff.
Woolf visited Mazar i Sharif in the north of the country in 2011
when he helped prepare hospital staff to deal with emergencies.
expertise proved essential just a few months later when a suicide
bomb occurred, killing four people and leaving 27 injured.
is now making final preparations to head back to the country during
April, alongside Cath Adams, an oral and facial surgeon, to pass
on more vital skills.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The resuscitation training I gave
two years ago worked very well but now we want to put a full training
programme in place, so we will be adopting a 'train the trainer'
approach and giving the staff new skills of European standards.
We will also be working with the staff to produce a new major
incident plan to refer to during in emergencies."
added: "Since pick-up trucks are often used to rush casualties
to hospital instead of ambulances this can often worsen their
injuries, so we will also be training the police and army on handling
says the benefits of helping staff in the country outweigh the
risks of going into the war zone. "It is obviously a riskier
country to be than the UK, but I am familiar with the dangers.
It is an acceptable risk."
who is a founder member of Festival Medical Services (FMS), a
registered charity which raises money for medical causes around
the world and he will be taking medical equipment donated by the
charity with him.
is also working with a charity founded by former ITN newscaster
Sandy Gall, which provides medical assistance and rehabilitation
for victims of war and terrorism.
Nich has asked for anyone who can translate the Afghan language
of Dari into English to contact him via Burnham-On-Sea.com here
since the team needs to translate documentation.