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The UK’s fire and rescue services descended upon the Fire Service College at the weekend to compete at this year’s UK Rescue Challenge, operated by the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation.
The vehicle extrication challenge, which has been at the heart of the competition for more than 20 years, once again provided competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate their skill, ingenuity and innovation in order to overcome a range of complex and challenging road traffic collision scenarios. Competition was tight with all teams showing why the UK fire and rescue service is the best in the world but it was Hampshire who triumphed overall with Hereford and Worcester and South Wales A taking second and third places respectively, all of whom earned the right to represent the UK at next year’s World Rescue Challenge in Brazil.
Competition was equally tight in the trauma competition where teams demonstrated the ever increasing challenges faced by firefighters in dealing with trauma injuries. Led by Dr Amelia Weaver an Emergency Doctor with the NHS, the scenarios were designed to reflect the types of injuries that firefighters are often confronted with. After two days of severed limbs, walking wounded and lots of fake blood, it was the team from London Fire Brigade who took first place ahead of Hampshire B and West Midlands B in second and third. Like their extrication counterparts, all three teams will be competing on the world stage in Brazil next year. Similarly, Staffordshire, Hereford and Worcester and Hampshire A will be heading to Portugal later in the year as reward for fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes.
The rope rescue challenge was the third discipline in which teams competed and like the extrication and trauma challenges, the bar was raised this year with teams facing a range of demanding scenarios that tested all aspects of rescues from height.
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