Local Fire and Rescue teams compete for place at National RTC & Trauma Challenge
Three teams also took part in the Trauma Challenge at the same event
The aim of the challenge is to improve the extrication skills of all crews taking part and to develop good practice that can be applied to real emergency situations.
Teams from Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, Ewyas Harold, Hereford, Redditch and Droitwich/Evesham competed in the RTC challenge, which was held at Malvern Fire Station on Saturday 31 March. Those participating were provided with hydraulic cutting equipment, vehicle stabilisation and glass management tools, casualty protection equipment and trauma packs, and had 20 minutes to safely rescue a casualty trapped in a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision.
They were judged on their incident command and control skills, their physical rescue techniques and their pre-hospital/medical care, and to ensure impartiality, the challenge was assessed by UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) National Assessors.
The team from Redditch was chosen as the overall winners, with Ross–on-Wye coming runners up. Awards were presented to both the winners and the runners up to mark their success, and also to the assessors, to thank them for their involvement in the local challenge.
The winning team, made up of:
Becky Valender –Team Leader
Ade Taylor – Tool Operator
Cliff Page – Tool Operator
Chris Verney –Trauma Carer
Arran Lewis – Trauma/Tool Support
Three teams also took part in the Trauma Challenge at the same event, two from Evesham and one from Worcester, with the winning team from Evesham consisting of Ryan Payne and James Wood.
The winners of both the RTC and Trauma will now go on to represent HWFRS at the national competition in Lincoln in August.
Watch Commander Steve Andrews, training instructor with HWFRS, said: "The teams have trained for this event in their own time and we would like to pass on our appreciation to all those taking part for their hard work and commitment. The team from Redditch and Evesham are worthy winners and we wish them well as they go forward to the next stage of the competition."
He added: "Fire services across the country get called to high numbers of road traffic collisions, many of them serious in nature, often with casualties physically or medically trapped in their vehicles. It's important that we continue to hone our skills in this area of our work and this challenge certainly helps us to test our procedures and share our learning with colleagues within our own service area, and with other Fire and Rescue crews nationally."
Station Commander Phil Griffiths, whose crew won the challenge, said he was delighted that his team of firefighters won the competition.
"I shall be supporting them all the way through to the national finals later in the year," he said. "I am really pleased that all of their hard work paid off."