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Brewood To Take Part in Extrication Challenge Finals

Firefighters from Brewood will be taking part in the national finals of an extrication challenge later this week. 

The team of six will be representing Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation Challenge 2013 in Merseyside. The event will take place on July 5 and 6 near the Queens Dock area of Liverpool.  

Watch Manager Paul Danby said: "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."

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are fantastically supportive in our challenge,” added Paul, who will be acting as the incident commander in the competition.

"The challenge is very different from a real-life extrication in that we have to provide a running commentary on everything we do, the decisions we make and the welfare of the casualty, all of which is recorded by the assessors and awarded points."

The event is hosted by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and the range of challenges includes road traffic collision rescues, rope rescue, casualty management/trauma, water rescue and urban search and rescue.