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Local firefighters come out as champions in Irish National Rescue Challenge

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On 20 May, two talented teams from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) showcased their life-saving skills in the Irish National Rescue Challenge and came out as overall winners in both the trauma and extrication categories.

The prestigious competition, which took place in Ireland, attracts talent from fire services from across Europe as well as professionals from the motorsport industry. The event saw teams faced with a range of challenging scenarios that put their life-saving skills to the test.

Both teams were tasked with two challenges each. The first for the trauma team involved an injured motorcyclist with pelvic injuries whereas the second involved a gas explosion with multiple casualties. The extrication team was faced with two different road traffic collision scenarios.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "Winning Best International Team in both trauma and extrication is a fantastic achievement for the Service and great news for the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, who have such skilled firefighters on hand to deal with any emergency situation that they may face. Well done to both teams!"

He continued: "Competitions such as the Irish National Challenge allow our firefighters to hone their skills as well as share best practice with other professionals. They can then cascade what they have learnt to other firefighters in the Service so that we can continually improve and provide the best service we possibly can."

The winning teams will now go forward to compete again at the HWFRS Rescue Challenge in June, which will see contenders from across the two counties compete for places for the UK National Challenge.