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Lichfield Firefighters Competing in World Trauma Championships

Two firefighters from Lichfield impressed judges so much in the National Trauma Championships that they have been invited to take part in the World Trauma Championships this September.

"For a lot of incidents where injuries are likely to have occurred, in particular road traffic collisions, it is essential that firefighters can perform life-saving first aid to help to stabilise casualties before the paramedics take over."

Lichfield Firefighter, Chris Gaunt

Chris Gaunt and Chris Ward from Lichfield Fire Station’s Red Watch came 3rd in the National Championships last year and will now travel to Cork in Southern Ireland for the World Championships, which are taking place on September 2nd – 6th.

The Trauma Championships requires each team to treat two casualties, with the help of two supplied assistants, for life-threatening injuries, exactly as they would at an incident if they were on scene before paramedics.

Chris Ward, who has organised the pair’s trip to Cork, said: "We were very pleased to have come 3rd in the National Trauma Championships last year and didn’t expect to be invited to participate in the World Championships. It was a nice surprise and we hope to come within the top five teams for the World Championships."

The World Trauma Championships, part of the World Extrication Championships, will consist of an opening ceremony, extrication and trauma training and networking events as well as the competitions.

"It is an excellent opportunity for us to speak to the other teams to see how they perform their trauma assistance and extrications," said Chris Gaunt, "taking part in the competition will be an amazing experience as a whole, but we would also like to take away some tips and ideas from other teams to implement into our own practices."

Chris Gaunt said: "For a lot of incidents where injuries are likely to have occurred, in particular road traffic collisions, it is essential that firefighters can perform life-saving first aid to help to stabilise casualties before the paramedics take over.

"We are sometimes first to arrive to incidents and first aid techniques could be the difference between life and death."