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Rescuers Complete UK Challenge

Rescuers Complete UK Challenge


Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Hundreds of firefighters and rescue specialists competed in a range of skill areas including rope, water, Urban Search and Rescue and vehicle rescue during an intense, two-day rescue challenge.

In total 600 competitors from 37 fire and rescue services across the UK, including London, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Scotland took part in the United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013.

The event was staged by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, working with the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO).

The site included two metal towers, more than 30-feet high, which were used to test rope skills and floating pontoons in water near Kings Dock, where firefighters rescued “casualties” as part of the assessments.

Four teams from outside the UK also displayed their skills during the two days. The teams were from Spain, Turkey, Macedonia and Austria.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said: “The Challenge was in a great location and the public visited the site and spoke to our officers about fire and road safety during both days.

“A variety of equipment was on show from the hydraulic cutting equipment used by modern fire and rescue services to the ropes, harnesses and water rescue kit.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has hosted large events in the past; most notably the World Firefighter Games in 2008. The Service is once again proud to host another major event that showcased Liverpool’s history, culture, warmth and hospitality.

“We would like to thank all our sponsors for this event who have either provided equipment or funds to make sure UKRO 2013 would really make its mark.”

Crowds also flocked to the Community Village area at the event where there was safety information available for the public on road safety and fire safety during the two days.

:: Photo shows competitors in the Rope Challenge during the two-day event. Photo copyright of Chris Phillips.

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