Local Fire and Rescue teams compete for place at national RTC Challenge
The aim of the challenge is to improve the extrication skills of all crews taking part and to develop good practice that can be applied to real emergency situations.
Teams from both Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Hereford, Ewyas Harold, Worcester Red Watch and South District) competed in the local challenge, which was held at Malvern Fire Station on Saturday 18 June. Those participating were provided with hydraulic cutting equipment, vehicle stabilisation and glass management tools, casualty protection equipment and trauma packs, and had 20 minutes to safely rescue a casualty trapped in a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision.
They were judged on their incident command and control skills, their physical rescue techniques and their pre-hospital/medical care, and to ensure impartiality, the challenge was assessed by UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) National Assessors.
The team from Hereford was chosen as the overall winners, with Worcester Red Watch the runners up. Awards were presented to both the winners and the runners up to mark their success, and also to the assessors, to thank them for their involvement in the local challenge.
The winning team, made up of Firefighters Matt Pember, Pete Ramsey, Tom Houghton and Simon Griffiths and Watch Commander Adrian Morris, will now go on to represent H&WFRS at the national competition in London in September.
Watch Commander Steve Andrews, training instructor with H&WFRS, said: "The teams have trained for this event in their own time and we would like to pass on our appreciation to all those taking part for their hard work and commitment. The team from Hereford are worthy winners and we wish them well as they go forward to the next stage of the competition."
He added: "Fire services across the country get called to high numbers of road traffic collisions, many of them serious in nature, often with casualties physically or medically trapped in their vehicles. It's important that we continue to hone our skills in this area of our work and this challenge certainly helps us to test our procedures and share our learning with colleagues within our own service area, and with other Fire and Rescue crews nationally."
Awards will be presented to the Best Team, the Best Incident Commander, The Best Medic and the Best Technical Operator at the national Challenge in September. For more details, visit www.ukro.org