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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to compete in the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) National Challenge this week

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This week, two teams from HWFRS will be heading over to the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh to represent the Service in the annual UKRO National Challenge.

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Back in June, a team from Ross-on-Wye won their place in the competition after showing off their skills at the Service's UKRO Extrication Challenge. Duo, Jim Clarke and Jayne Collins, also won a place after winning the Service's UKRO Trauma Challenge. They will be joined by fire services from all over the country who will also be showcasing their rescue skills in a range of challenging scenarios.

In total there are four award categories, which include extrication (freeing casualties from road traffic collision scenarios), trauma, urban search and rescue (USAR), and rope rescue. The Ross-on-Wye team will be competing in the extrication challenge, whilst Simon Griffiths (who will be taking the place of Jim Clarke) and Jayne Collins will compete for the trauma title. All competitors will also attend a series of mandatory workshops that further develop their skills within these four key areas.

The opening ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 30 July and will be followed by the various challenges on the Friday and Saturday. The event will finish with a closing ceremony and evening entertainment on the Saturday night.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Richard Lawrence, will be attending the event to support the crew. He said: "The competition is an excellent opportunity for talented firefighters from services all over the UK to come together, learn new skills and share best practice. We see these challenges as an integral part of our training that pushes our firefighters to the max, ultimately meaning that we can deliver the best service we can to our local communities."

Earlier in the year, the Ross-on-Wye team also represented the UK in the international competition, Intershutz, which took place in Hanover, Germany. Over 200 teams applied to take part and they were whittled down to 29 teams who were selected to represent their country. Overall the Ross-on-Wye team came in 11th place out of 29 who competed.


Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk