skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters triumph in world rescue challenge

30/10/2015

Brewood firefighters

Firefighters from Brewood returned victorious after winning fourth place in the World Rescue Trauma Challenge competition in Portugal.

“We are extremely proud of the team from Brewood for doing so well. To qualify was a fantastic achievement in itself but to win fourth place in a world challenge is absolutely outstanding. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved.”

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The Service competed against 29 teams from fire and rescue services across the globe at the 17th World Rescue Challenge (WRC) in Lisbon earlier this month.

The annual WRC saw the top international rescue teams compete in an event designed to challenge emergency service personnel and raise awareness of the global problem of road death and injury.

During the four-day event the team which comprised of Firefighter Jonathan Harvey – Lead medic and Crew Manager Dave Small, was faced with two realistic casualty scenarios. Each situation required
firefighters to use their skills to rescue ‘real-life casualties’ complete with make-up to reflect their injuries. The team was assessed against casualty care protocols by dedicated international medical assessors.
 
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “We are extremely proud of the team from Brewood for doing so well. To qualify was a fantastic achievement in itself but to win fourth place in a world challenge is absolutely outstanding.  It is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved.”

Brewood Watch Manager Paul Danby added: “I am immensely proud of the team. The success achieved was down to dedication, commitment and excellent training. The skills they demonstrated during the challenge are evident every time a firefighter is called out to an emergency.”

Crew Manager, Dave Small, who participated in the challenge, said: “It was an honour to represent not only Staffordshire but the United Kingdom in the challenge. Everyone who competed reached an exceptional standard and to be part of a team that finished fourth in the world makes me immensely proud.”
ENDS