A London firefighter helped deliver a baby at the scene of a fire, using skills he picked up from watching Channel 4 programme One Born Every Minute with his wife.
Ross McLaren was working with a team to put out a fire at a restaurant in Enfield, North London, yesterday morning when a car pulled through the fire cordon.
The couple inside had been stuck in traffic and the mum-to-be was already in the late stages of labour.
Quick-thinking Ross asked colleague Ritchie Hall to grab the first aid kit from the fire engine and began to help.
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“The husband was driving and was in a bit of a panic. I could see that the lady in the back seat was in the middle of giving birth and when I looked I could see the baby’s head,” Ross said.
“We began to give the mum oxygen and to try and reassure her. While Richie carried on doing that I ran round to where the baby was and kept telling the lady to push.
“Once he was born we rubbed him down to get his circulation going and when he started crying I knew it was going to be alright.”
The firefighters then wrapped mum and baby up, and kept them warm until an ambulance arrived to take them to hospital.
“It has definitely been one of the highlights of my career and it's not something I ever expected that I would do in my life,” Ross said. “Someone said to me the other day that as firefighters we usually enter people's lives at their worst moments so being there at such a joyful occasion makes a nice change.”