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Firefighters from across the United Kingdom travelled to the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Eastleigh on Saturday April 25 to compete in a United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) regional competition. Teams from nine fire services sent specialist firefighters to compete in this contest, one of the largest rescue competitions in the world.
Under the watchful eyes of some of the top examiners and trainers in the country the teams had to complete two challenges, which this year included casualty management/trauma care and extrication/vehicle rescue, with each team having a different scenario. Specialist trauma make- up was provided by the students at The University of Winchester.
The teams were assessed on three categories: Technical, Medical and Command. Hampshire Fire and Rescue had two teams taking part. Retained fire fighters from Bordon sent a crew and whole time fire fighters made up from Andover, Cosham and Fareham made another team. The top award was scooped by visiting South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, with Eastleigh coming second overall but winning many awards in the other categories.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Steve Apter, UKRO chair said: “I would like to congratulate all of the firefighters who took part in the competition and I would like to thank Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for hosting this fantastic event.” He went on to say the range of skills and professionalism on show during the event was fantastic and it was great to see all of the teams’ efforts recognised by those at the awards ceremony. “I am very proud of the firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue this result is without doubt, due to their professionalism, dedication and commitment to their training, to be the best at what they do.”
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