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Local firefighters demonstrate rescue skills in national competition

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Firefighters from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) have demonstrated their lifesaving skills in the UKRO Caerdydd 2018 - Rescue Organisation Challenge.

Over three days fire crews from across the UK competed in a range of challenging rescue scenarios including vehicle extrication, trauma care, USAR (urban search & rescue), rope rescue, and water rescue. Crews from HWFRS entered the extrication and water events. After a tough first day, the local HWFRS team beat off competition and, pulled out all the stops to win the second day, and were placed as sixth overall.

The competition, which took place in Cardiff from 27-29 September, is an annual event, which not only challenges competitors, but also helps advance rescue techniques and technical skills. The United Kingdom Rescue Organisation is a registered charity, which works to improve rescue standards across the UK, develop the skills of rescue service personnel, and drive the national agenda to reduce the number of road deaths.

As part of UKRO, a 5km Tunnel to Towers run was also organised by South Wales Firefighters, which took place on 30 September. HWFRS, On-Call Crew Commander, Adrian Lloyd, from Hereford Fire Station took on the challenge in full kit, including boots and breathing apparatus – an additional weight of over 20kg - to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "This competition is a great opportunity for our firefighters to hone their skills, as well as share best practice, which then enables us to deliver the best lifesaving services we can to our local communities."

"Congratulations to the team, who have again demonstrated the high caliber and resilience of HWFRS, and to CC Adrian Lloyd who ran in the 5km. All have done the Service proud."

If you think you have what it takes to be an on-call firefighter, please visit www.hwfire.org.uk for more information.