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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Compete in Extrication Challenge

23/03/2011

Firefighters from across the County will be taking part in a road traffic collision competition this Sunday.

"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."

Lead Trainer, Damian Armstrong

Crews from Cheadle, Burton-on-Trent, Brewood and Lichfield will compete against each other to see who will represent Staffordshire at the National Extrication Challenge Finals.

The competition is an annual event that is held at Service Headquarters and gives firefighters the opportunity to demonstrate and practise their skills. They are judged on their professionalism in releasing trapped casualties from vehicles within a 20 minute time frame.

Each team will be given a different car crash scenario and "trained" casualties will act out injuries which the firefighters will have to take into consideration during the extrication.

Lead Trainer, Damian Armstrong said: "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.

"The past three years have seen Lichfield win the competition so it’s going to be an exciting challenge to see if they can continue their success or whether another team will knock them off the top spot."

This year’s winning team will represent Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at the National Finals to be held at Exel Centre London in September.

The participating teams are as follows:
Cheadle Community Fire Station- Orange watch
Burton On Trent Fire Station- Orange watch
Lichfield Fire Station - Red watch
Brewood Fire Station -Orange watch