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Firefighters from Ross-on-Wye win a place in the National UKRO Challenge 2015

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On Saturday 6th June at Webbs of Wychbold, fire crews showed off their skills to win a place in the national UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) Challenge 2015.

Six teams from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) took part in both trauma and road traffic collision challenges and were joined by fire crews from West Midlands, Hampshire, South Wales and Avon.

The Trauma Challenge tested the response of the crew who faced one of a selection of trauma incidents, including a motorcycle crash and a knife incident. Faced with the scenario, crews were expected to quickly identify and treat the injuries found.

The Road Traffic Collision Challenge saw crews working to safely extricate trapped casualties from a challenging road traffic collision scenario within a 20 minutes timeframe.

During the challenges, the crews were independently assessed under the scrutiny of experienced UKRO officials in order to determine the winners of each category. The Ross-on-Wye team won the Road Traffic Collision Challenge and a mixed HWFRS team consisting of Jayne Collins and Jim Clarke won the Trauma Challenge. These teams will now go through to compete in the national UKRO Challenge 2015, which will be held at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire on 30th July and 2nd August.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Hodges awarded the winners with their trophies and said: "Well done to all of those that took part in the challenges and I wish the winners every success in the national competition."

He continued: "The challenges are an excellent opportunity for the crews to improve and build upon their skills and ensure that we deliver an optimum service to the communities we serve."

Ed Webb, Chairman of Webbs said "This is a wonderful family event that brings to life the skills and bravery of the Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service. We are very proud to host and be associated with this great event once again."

In addition to the rescue challenges, the public also enjoyed a static fire engine display and practical trauma demonstrations from the HWFRS Community Safety team.

Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Officer
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