London Fire Brigade

London in countdown for national rescue challenge

05 September 2011

Extrication challengeWith only weeks to go until this year’s biggest firefighter event, London Fire Brigade is preparing to welcome fire and rescue services from across the UK to this year’s UK Rescue Challenge London 2011.

Taking place on 23 and 24 September at London’s Excel, the nation’s biggest fire and rescue event will see crews of firefighters from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales carrying out various high intensity rescues.

From cutting trapped people out of crashed cars and rescuing casualties from water to providing medical care to casualties before paramedics’ arrival, fire crews’ skills will be tested to the limit.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Hamm, in charge of firefighter training, said: “Firefighters  across the country attend hundreds of complex rescues every day. Putting our firefighters’ skills to the test against other brigades will help make sure that when we are called in to action, we’re as ready as we can be. We are hoping that Londoners will show us their support by turning up at the event and see for themselves what we do to keep them safe.”

Rope rescueBy participating in the UK Rescue Challenge London 2011, firefighters get a chance to hone their skills, test new equipment and try new ways of rescuing people. Different brigades get to learn from each other which helps improve how professional firefighters rescue casualties at real incidents.

In addition to the challenges, the free event will also feature a community safety village where the public will be able to learn about how to prevent and escape from fires. A trade exhibition with representatives from the key fire industry organisations and a rescue skills conference will also be running alongside the event.

Various real-life demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the two-day event including fire investigation dogs' sniffer exercises, a life size hazard house highlighting potential fire risks in the home and a complex water rescue from a sunken vehicle using boats.

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