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Success for Brewood firefighters at national competition

06/08/2015

The crew in action at the 'Extrication Challenge'
The crew in action at the 'Extrication Challenge'

Firefighters from Brewood are celebrating after their rescue skills were recognised at a national fire service competition.

"It was fantastic to be amongst national champions, watching and learning from them and gathering knowledge from the different scenarios. We now look forward to representing the county and country at the world championships in Portugal."

Brewood Watch Manager Paul Danby

The United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge 2015, held at the weekend, saw fire services from across the country compete in rescue scenarios.

The team from Brewood came fourth overall in the ‘The National Trauma Challenge’ category and it will now go on to represent both the county and the country at the UKRO World Rescue Competition being held in Portugal in October.

The category assessed the ability of firefighters to provide life-saving care to casualties during a 10 minute scenario, prior to support from medical personnel.

The team also competed in the ‘Extrication Challenge’ category where it came 11th overall, an improvement on last year’s positioning of 17th. The category assessed the team’s response to a number of complex road traffic collision scenarios.

Brewood Watch Manager Paul Danby said: "It was fantastic to be amongst national champions, watching and learning from them and gathering knowledge from the different scenarios. We now look forward to representing the county and country at the world championships in Portugal.

"We will also be resuming our training in the hope that we can represent the county again at next year’s national championships, we fell just short of the top 10 this year in the extrication category, so we’ll definitely be aiming for a top 10 spot next year."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "We are extremely proud of the team from Brewood for doing so well in this national competition and we look forward to supporting the crew when members showcase their skills on the international stage in Portugal.

"We have a culture of continuous improvement here at the fire service so we will ensure that Brewood firefighters share what they learn with our training department so that this knowledge can be cascaded to all firefighters, ultimately benefitting our communities."