Firefighters will be competing against each other during an ‘Extrication Challenge’ event being held on Saturday June 28 at Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters.
“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."
Trainer Tom Wheat.
The event, which will be open to the public for the first time, will be held from 9am until 4pm and will be attended by crews from Eccleshall, Brewood and Lichfield.
The challenge gives firefighters the opportunity to demonstrate and practise the skills they would use at a road traffic collision. The firefighters will be judged on releasing trapped casualties from the 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 into consideration during the extrication. The winning team will go on to represent the county at the ‘National Extrication Challenge’ being held in Essex later in the year.
Trainer Tom Wheat 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.
“The event has been running for over 10 years now, however this is the first time we’ve opened it up to the public. We look forward to demonstrating our skills to them and giving them the confidence that should they be in a car crash they will receive the best possible care from our professionally trained crews.”
There will be refreshments available including an ice cream van and a BBQ along with the brigade mascot Welephant. Free parking is also available at the event
In addition to Staffordshire teams there will be crews from Essex, South Yorkshire