Motorists in safe hands as firefighters perform well in national challenge

Extrication teamA team of firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is celebrating after finishing second in a national competition designed to test their skills when attending road traffic collisions.

Six firefighters from Blue Watch at Temple Fire Station, in the centre of Bristol, competed against teams from fire and rescue services across the country in the UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Extrication Challenge.

Watch Manager Andy Gee, Crew Manager Iain Campbell and Firefighters Dave Britton, Kevin Read, Lee Rogers and Grant Tolley took part in the competition in London between Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September.

The Avon team demonstrated their skills in front of judges from the UKRO and faced a scenario involving two vehicles with one casualty trapped inside. ON the first day of the competition the team had 20 minutes to remove the casualty from the vehicle with judges scrutinising their casualty care, medical, technical and incident command skills.

On the second day of the competition the top 20 teams, including Avon, faced a complex scenario involving a road traffic collision with two casualties, one with serious injuries.

Following another great performance the team were delighted to learn that they had finished in second place.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Jon Day, said: “This competition is designed to really test the skills of fire crews who deal with road traffic collisions, so members of the public can take comfort from the results of the competition knowing our crews are among the best in the country.

“We are often first on the scene to witness the devastating consequences of a road traffic collision, so it is vital our crews have the skills and knowledge to deal with these types of incidents.

“Being involved in this competition has allowed the crews to develop their skills, learn new techniques and procedures from colleagues in other fire and rescue services and share best practice.”

The Avon team have now been invited to represent the UK services at the world championships which take place in London next year.