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Winning teams go forward to national competition

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Three separate challenges took place - the Trauma Challenge and the Extrication Challenge, which was held at Webbs at Wychbold, and also the Water Rescue Challenge, which took place over the road at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre.

Each challenge has been devised to further improve the skills of fire crews taking part and to develop best practice techniques that fire and rescues services nationally can share.

Three teams took part in the Trauma Challenge, a timed event testing the response to a trauma incident such as a cardiac arrest. A mixed team from Bromsgrove and Worcester were declared the winners in this category and will go forward to represent HWFRS at the national UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) Challenge 2013 which takes place in Merseyside in July.

Four teams took part in the Extrication Challenge, a simulated road traffic collision where those competing were given 20 minutes to safely extricate the casualties trapped inside a vehicle. A team from Ross-on-Wye won this category and again they will represent the service at the national championships in the summer.

Three teams took part in the Water Rescue Challenge, and they had 30 minutes on Saturday to rescue a casualty from the water and demonstrate their technical boat handling skills. A team called ‘USAR One’ (from the Urban Search and Rescue Unit at Droitwich) were declared the winners in this category and they will also have three months to prepare for the UKRO Challenge 2013 taking place in Merseyside in July.

Station Commander Stuart Crebbin from HWFRS said: “The teams competing in each of the three challenges showed a high level of skill and expertise and I’d like to pass on our thanks to everyone who took part for their hard work and commitment. Congratulations go to the winning teams and we wish them every success as they go forward to represent the Service in the national competition.”

He thanked members of the public for braving the cold weather to come and watch, and also passed on his thanks to both Webbs at Wychbold and Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre for their support with the Challenge.