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Crowds turn out to see firefighters compete in their annual Rescue Challenge

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Rescue challenge

On Saturday 16 July at Webbs of Wychbold, crowds of people looked on as fire crews demonstrated their lifesaving skills in an array of exciting rescue challenges in a bid to win a place in the national UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) Challenge 2016.

Twelve teams from across the country took part in the Road Traffic Collision Challenge and nine teams competed in the Trauma Challenge.

The Trauma Challenge involved a selection of trauma incidents where fire 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 teams 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 Simon Griffiths won the Trauma Challenge. These teams will now go through to compete in the national UKRO Challenge 2016, which will be held in Hampshire in September this year.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Hodges awarded the winners with their awards and said: "I'd like to congratulate the winners and wish them every success in the national competition. I'd also like to say thank you to all of the other crews that competed in the challenges.

"These competitions allow us to share best practice with other services and ensure that we are able to make a difference where it counts, by improving patient care and ultimately saving lives."

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319