A Croydon firefighter is putting his life on the line to help fight a deadly diphtheria outbreak in Bangladesh.

Mark Cameron has been part of the London Fire Brigade since 2001 and said the conditions in Bangladesh that some people were living in was truly "shocking."

"The refugee camp seems to go on for miles in each direction and it is shocking to know there are so many people living in these temporary structures who are at risk of the outbreak of diphtheria," he said.

“I joined the Brigade 17 years ago as I wanted to help people and as part of the Brigade’s International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team, I have been specially trained to help in conditions like those at the camp in Bangladesh."

Mr Cameron will be helping the people of Cox's Bazar where there are currently more than 2,000 suspected cases and 22 reported deaths from the infection.

"The temporary medical shelters have been constructed with bamboo and plastics sheets and electricity supplies are now being installed," Mr Cameron said.

"Towers have been constructed to drill for water, which is being used to mix concrete for more permanent facilities.

"This is my first deployment with ISAR and I am proud to be able to represent the Brigade at Cox’s Bazar."