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Crews compete in Rescue Challenges

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HWFRS will be staging two challenges this year – the Trauma Challenge and the Extrication Challenge, which will take place at Webbs at Wychbold, along the A38 Worcester Road.

Both Challenges will take place on Saturday 7th June between 10am and 4pm, and a winner from each category will go forward to compete at the national UKRO championships taking place in Essex in August.

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.

Four teams of two (from Evesham, Kidderminster, a mixed team from Droitwich & Worcester and a team from Staffordshire) will be taking part in the Trauma Challenge, a timed event that 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.

Six teams of six (from Ross-on-Wye, a mixed team from Stourport & Kidderminster, Bromyard, Worcester, Pershore and Staffordshire) will take part in the Extrication Challenge, which consists of a simulated road traffic collision where those competing have 20 minutes to safely extricate the casualties trapped inside the vehicle involved.

Station Commander Gareth Clarke from HWFRS said: “We wish those taking part every success. Their skills will be tested at speed, as they compete for a place in the national competition. These Challenges truly enhance the expertise and abilities of our fire and rescue crews and the service we provide to our communities.”

He urged members of the public to call at Webbs to watch the challenges taking place, explaining that it is a fantastic opportunity to observe close hand the nature of some of the incidents that firefighters respond to.

He also passed on his thanks to Webbs at Wychbold for their support with the challenge, and confirmed that Richard Lawrence, Deputy Chief Fire Officer with HWFRS, will be attending the event at around 4.00pm to announce the winning teams.