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Firefighters take part nn National Challenge

Firefighters taking part in the National Firefighter competition.

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service crews have taken part in a national firefighter competition.

The event, which was held in Humberside, is run each year by UKRO, an organisation focused on professional release of casualties from vehicles and driving the national campaign on road death reduction. They also aim to showcase other rescue disciplines including water rescue, trauma, line rescue and urban search and rescue.

Between Thursday September 7 and Saturday September 9, seven retained firefighters from Brewood, Billbrook and Codsall, attended the event in Hull to take part in extrication (casualty release) and trauma challenges.

On day one they were amongst 50 of the UK’s top teams competing in a 20 minute challenge, involving two cars and one casualty, using a standard set of rescue tools. Sadly, they didn’t come within the top 20 teams that progressed onto day two for a more complicated two car collision scenario involving two casualties.

Over the two days up to 30 fire service medics competed in all aspects of first aid and advanced trauma care, including two firefighters from Lichfield. They took part in an exercise which simulated accidents and injuries where they were scored on best practice as well as professional care and skills.

Firefighters taking part in the National Firefighter competition.

Firefighters taking part in the National Firefighter’s competition.

Paul Danby, Brewood Watch Manager, said: “The event is held each year and is a chance for us to not only test our skills alongside colleagues from around the country, but also to learn and observe the other challenges to acquire additional knowledge. The advanced skills we bring back with us will ultimately benefit our communities.

“It is a great way to develop our specialist teams and strengthen their team spirit, by providing an opportunity for them to put their skills into practice in a pressurised yet supportive environment. Our crews really excelled and it was great for them to be part of this national challenge.”

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