Lichfield firefighters take part in extrication challenge

Lichfield Fire Station will be flying the flag for the city at an annual fire crew competition.

The annual Fire and Rescue Service extrication challenge takes place on April 25 in Stone.

The extrication challenge involves firefighters being judged on their professionalism in releasing trapped casualties from their vehicles within a 20 minute time frame. There will be four external adjudicators who will assess the teams on their medical care, rescue technique and incident command.

The Lichfield crew will battle teams from Stone, Cheadle, Tamworth, West Midlands, Humberside, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester will be battling for a place in the national finals which take place in Glasgow.

Each team will be given a different car crash scenario. Trained casualties will act out injuries which the firefighters have to take into consideration during the extrication.

Lead Trainer, Jeff Parkinson who has organised the competition said:

“This is an exciting competition which many stations like to get involved in. Last year Lichfield won the competition which meant they took the two year consecutive title off Stone! So it’s going to be an exciting challenge to see if Stone can regain there title! The standards shown in last year’s competition were very high and I’m confident our crews can set the same standards this year.”

The winning team will be presented with the Weber Rescue Trophy by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford and will proceed through to the National Finals held on September 11 and 12.

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