London Fire Brigade

Our crews crowned 'best trauma team on the planet' at World Rescue Challenge

19 October 2015

London firefighters have been crowned the best trauma team in the world at the World Rescue Challenge in Portugal.

The trauma team of Crew Manager Alastair Hislop and Firefighter Stephen White beat around 50 fire and rescue services from all over the globe to win the competition.

Since the 7 July bombings, the Brigade has enhanced skills for frontline firefighters in first aid and in particular the field of trauma care that includes first response to blast injuries.

The trauma teams were assessed against Casualty Care protocols by dedicated international medical assessors. 

The Brigade's extrication team won the standard scenario award and were placed fourth in the overall category with a team from Lisbon taking the top prize. 

Station Manager Alan Taylor, Crew Manager Oliver Stallworthy, Firefighters Will Thompson, Paul Morris, Stephen White, Mark Smith, Paul Gray and Ben Gallagher were part of the team that took part in the challenge over four intense days.

'Immensely proud'

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "In a weekend of sporting failures for the home nations it's brilliant that London firefighters are flying the flag on the world stage and I am immensely proud that we have the best trauma team on the planet.

"Our extrication team also preformed magnificently to win the standard scenario award and placed fourth overall.

"I'd like to thank all of the firefighters who took part as the competition showcases that it isn’t just fires the Brigade responds to and that our skills are among the best in the world."

The 17th World Rescue Challenge was held from 14 to 18 October in Lisbon. Next year's event will be held in Brazil.