A Cheshire firefighter and his dog have travelled to Nepal to help the search and rescue mission for victims of the devastating earthquake.
Steve Buckley and Bryn accompanied Mark Coleman and Stuart Devereux, who work at Cheshire Fire and Rescue HQ in Winsford; Alexander Hayes from Crewe Fire Station; and John Turner and Daz Tennant from Chester Fire Station.
Father of two Steve, 57, has also been deployed on search and rescue missions to India in 2001 and Sumatra, Indonesia after the earthquake in 2009.
His search and rescue dog Bryn (male) is an 11-year old border collie and Nepal is Bryn’s last deployment before he retires in May. Steve and Bryn worked together on a search and rescue mission to Japan after the earthquake in 2011.
Steve said: “I’ve been a firefighter for 31 years and have been working with dogs for the last 11.
“Bryn was my first dog, and I’ve had him since he was born. I saw three puppies when I chose him and tested their toy drive with a ball. At 10 weeks old Bryn was already really focused.
“Bryn is my best mate and a nice companion. He’s part of the family. When my kids were little I trained Bryn with them - they would hide and he had to find them. My family do worry about me while I’m away, but I think they worry more about the dog!
“We came out here to make a difference and to help the people of Nepal who’ve been caught up in this disaster.”