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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Extrication Challenge Winners

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Winning Lichfield Crew

A team of firefighters from Lichfield have won this year's Extrication Challenge. This is their 3rd consecutive year of winning the competition. Stone were the runners up for the 2nd consecutive year. The winning team will now go through to the National Finals which will be held in Hampshire on 1st and 2nd October.

“Last year saw a drop in deaths on Staffordshire’s roads. The accuracy and speed of these skills is essential in order for us to continue to assist in reducing the number of deaths and to provide the best service possible for our community.”

The Challenge that was held on 24th April at the Fire Service Headquarters involved teams of firefighters being judged on their professionalism in releasing trapped casualties from vehicles within a 20 minute time frame. Each team were given a different car crash scenario and “trained” casualties acted out injuries which the firefighters had to take into consideration during the extrication.

Lichfield Area Commander, Phil McFarlane said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lichfield. They have now got to maintain their focus and prepare themselves for the National Finals, myself and the rest of the team will be supporting them the whole way!”

“Although there is an aspect of fun in taking part in the competition, the real reason for the event is to rehearse and demonstrate the live saving skills that are put into practice on a daily basis by firefighters attending road traffic collisions.
Lead Trainer, Tim Hollingworth commented, “Some of the areas that the teams were tested on include medical care, rescue technique and incident command. It was a great day for all concerned and the feedback from the external adjudicators was yet again very positive which shows the amount of effort put in by all the teams. “

The team were presented with the Weber Rescue Trophy by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford