Ian Dunbar joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 at the age of 17. He spent 19 years there and rose to the role of Watch Manager undertaking several operational and specialist roles.
In 2005 he became a road traffic collision instructor and spent the next 5 years training firefighters and other emergency personnel in the technical and medical aspects of vehicle extrication. In 2005 he became a faculty member of Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care Group and also joined the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) as an assessor. He quickly qualified not only at regional and national level but in 2010 he assessed at the World Rescue Challenge in Ireland. Whilst at this event he was approached by Holmatro, the world leader in manufacture of hydraulic rescue tools and offered a position as their permanent consultant; He and his family made the life changing decision to leave the Fire and Rescue Service and the country of their birth and relocate to the Netherlands to take up their offer.
In the next 6 years Ian travelled to more than 100 countries to train and consult with emergency service organisations and also found time to write a critically acclaimed book; Vehicle Extrication Techniques. He also established a global extrication training concept known as Rescue Experience with the stated aim of delivering the latest, research led technical and medical rescue information to rescuers from all agencies.
Working closely with research and development colleagues, Ian also played a major part in the development of rescue products during his time with the company. In 2017 Ian and his family decided it was time to relocate back to the UK for family reasons and on February 28 th 2017 he left his position with Holmatro, taking with him many life changing memories and experiences.