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Crews to compete in rescue challenges

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On Saturday 6th June between 10am and 4pm, the public will have the chance to see crews in action as they compete in rescue challenges to win a place in the national UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) Challenge 2015.

Six teams from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) will be taking part and will be joined by fire crews from West Midlands, Hampshire, South Wales and Avon.

HWFRS will be staging two challenges this year – the Trauma Challenge and the Road Traffic Collision Challenge, which will take place at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold.

The Trauma Challenge will test the response of participants who will face one of a selection of trauma incidents and be expected to identify and treat the injuries found. Those taking part in the Road Traffic Collision Challenge will have 20 minutes to safely extricate trapped casualties from a simulated road traffic collision.

The winner from each category will go forward to compete at the national UKRO championships taking place in Gloucestershire in July and August 2015.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "The challenges have been devised to further enhance the abilities of the crews as well as to develop best practice techniques that fire and rescues services nationally can share."

He continued: "It's also great opportunity for the public to see the firefighters in action and to get an idea of the scenarios they face on a regular basis."

Ed Webb, Chairman of Webbs said "This is a wonderful family event that brings to life the skills and bravery of the Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service. We are very proud to host and be associated with this great event once again."

Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Officer
01905 368 319