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Lichfield firefighters are the winners of this years extrication challenge

29/03/11

A team of firefighters from Lichfield have won this year’s “Extrication Challenge.” 

 “The accuracy and speed of these skills is essential in order for us to continue to assist in reducing the number of deaths on our roads and to provide the best service possible for our community.”  

Watch Manager Steve Whitehouse.

This is their 4th consecutive year of winning the competition.  Burton on Trent were the runners up. The winning team will now go through to the National Finals which will be held in September at the Excel Centre in London.

The challenge was held on 27th March at the Fire Service Headquarters and 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.

Watch Manager, Steve Whitehouse said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lichfield. We have now got to maintain our focus and prepare ourselves for the National Finals in September.”

“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 we put into practice on a daily basis when we attend road traffic collisions.
 
“The accuracy and speed of these skills is essential in order for us to continue to assist in reducing the number of deaths on our roads and to provide the best service possible for our community.”

Lead Trainer, Damian Armstrong who organised the event 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 a certificate and a glass trophy by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford