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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Brewood Finish Sixth at Extrication Challenge

A team of retained firefighters from Brewood came sixth at the UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) extrication challenge that was held at West Midlands Fire Service earlier this month.

"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..." Firefighter Michael Maybin.

Brewood entered the competition as a guest team and competed against 17 other teams. 

The extrication challenge is an annual event that gives firefighters the opportunity to demonstrate and practise their skills. The firefighters were judged on the skills used in releasing trapped casualties from vehicles within a 20 minute time frame.

Each team was given a different car crash scenario and “trained” casualties acted out injuries which the firefighters had to take into consideration during the extrication.

Firefighter Michael Maybin from Brewood said: “We feel very proud of our achievement in coming sixth.  We competed against some of the best rescue teams from other UK fire and rescue services.

“We will now continue training and practising for the national finals which we will be attending in July to represent Staffordshire.

“Although there is a competitive aspect to taking part in the challenge, the real reason for the event is to rehearse and demonstrate the life 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.”

The team members are as follows - 

Watch Manager Paul Danby

Firefighter Michael Maybin

Crew Commander David Small

Firefighter Gavin Fox

Firefighter Paul Pugh

Firefighter Chris Wiles

The national finals will take place at the Albert Docks in Merseyside in July.