Lichfield firefighters reclaim their crown

Lichfield firefighters have come out on top once more in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual Extrication Challenge.

Firefighters Christopher Ward, Damian Peaker, Rob Horton, Christopher Gaunt and Watch Manager Steve Whitehouse

Firefighters Christopher Ward, Damian Peaker, Rob Horton, Christopher Gaunt and Watch Manager Steve Whitehouse

The Challenge involved teams of firefighters being judged on their professionalism in releasing trapped casualties from vehicles within a 20 minute time frame. Each team were given a different car crash scenario and trained casualties acted out injuries which the firefighters had to take into consideration during the extrication.

It’s the second year running that Lichfield have won the event and the team will now go through to the National Finals which will be held in Glasgow on September 11 and 12.

Lichfield Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Lichfield, not only did they will the competition overall but they also have the added victory of coming first in all four areas of testing which illustrates the amount of time and effort they have put into training for this. They have now got to maintain their focus and prepare themselves for the National Finals – myself and the rest of the team will be supporting them the whole way!”

Lead Trainer, Jeff Parkinson said:

“Some of the areas that the teams were tested on include medical care, rescue technique and incident command. It was a great day for all concerned and the feedback from the external adjudicators was yet again very positive which shows the amount of effort put in by all four teams. Lichfield led the way for a consecutive year with Stone coming in second place and Cheadle coming third.”

The team from Lichfield were presented with the Weber Rescue Trophy by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford .

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