Searing temperatures went to the heads of a team of retained firefighters from Brewood in a national competition for extrication – and earned them praise from Merseyside’s Chief Fire Officer.
"I am extremely proud of what they have achieved and communities across Staffordshire should feel assured and confident in the quality of the staff within their Fire and Rescue Service.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford.
The team’s skills were described as “gold standard extrication” both for releasing the casualty quickly and for protecting her from the heat of the sun with a large umbrella whilst transferring her to the medical team.
Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said at the awards ceremony of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation Challenge 2013 in Merseyside that he had been impressed with the dedication and attention to detail the Brewood team had shown in their scenario.
After the first day of the challenge the Brewood team scored 483 points out of a possible 550, putting them in 12th place out of 45 teams from fire and rescue services across the UK and Europe. This achievement qualified the team for the second day, a complex extrication rescue scenario, where they finished in 17th place.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the many hours of hard work that the team dedicated to their preparation for this competition clearly had a positive impact. To qualify for the second day of this extremely hotly contested national event is a significant achievement. To be placed in the top 20 teams in the whole of the United Kingdom is remarkable and a testament to the commitment of the personnel at Brewood. I am extremely proud of what they have achieved and communities across Staffordshire should feel assured and confident in the quality of the staff within their Fire and Rescue Service.”
The Brewood team was made up of Watch Manager Paul Danby, who acted as incident commander in the challenge, Michael Maybin, an emergency clinical practitioner at the QE Hospital, Birmingham; David Small, who works for a fire protection company; Gavin Fox, who has his own catering business; Paul Pugh, Christopher Wiles and reserve Alex Pritchard.
Paul Danby is also a whole-time Crew Commander for West Midlands Fire Service based at Ladywood.
Around 600 competitors took part in The United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013 which was held at s specially constructed site in Liverpool on July 5 and 6. The Extrication Challenge was won by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Challenge.
In his speech as the awards ceremony, CFO Dan Stephens said all the competitors were “a credit to the fire and rescue services and really showed what professionalism there is in our sector. Many had given up spare time to train and prepare for the event and I was proud to see their efforts recognised.”