Rescue challenge winners head to Luxemburg National Championships
On Saturday 1 July at Webbs of Wychbold, fire crews from across the country demonstrated their lifesaving skills throughout the day at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service's (HWFRS) Rescue Challenge.
The event hosted six external extrication teams and five external trauma teams as well as two internal extrication and two internal trauma teams. The external trauma and extrication challenges were both won by London Fire Brigade.
A team from Ross-on-Wye Fire Station won the internal extrication challenge and will be representing HWFRS at the UKRO National Championships this year in Humberside in September, where they will try to improve on their second place finish that they have achieved for the last two years running. The internal trauma challenge was won by Jayne Collins and Simon Griffiths who will also compete in Humberside in a bid to retain their national champions title from last year.
The day demonstrated some fantastic skills which provided an excellent learning opportunity, as well as gave the public with an insight into the varied skills the fire service has to offer.
The two winning HWFRS teams will be travelling to Luxembourg National Championships on Friday 7 July enabling the teams the opportunity to work with world class assessors and learn from other teams in preparation for the World Challenge in Romania taking place later this summer.
The trauma team, made up of Jayne Collins and Simon Griffiths, will be competing for the first time at the Luxembourg Challenge. They will be competing in the usual standard (one casualty) and complex (up to seven casualties) scenarios but also have a chance to work with several teams in a mass casualty scenario which provides a great opportunity to co-ordinate care.
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