London Fire Brigade

Teams do Brigade proud in 'firefighter Olympics'

20 September 2016

Our firefighters did the Brigade proud at the annual UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge which saw 65 teams battle it out in a 'firefighter Olympics'.

Hundreds of firefighters from around the world were pushed to their limit as they competed against each other across six categories – extrication, rope rescue, water rescue, trauma, animal rescue, and urban search and rescue.

In each category the teams had to use their skills and professional training to solve the complicated scenarios set up for them.

Hosted this year by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at their HQ in Eastleigh, the competition also attracted teams representing fire and rescue services from as far afield as Germany and Luxemburg.

Water rescue team crowned champions

On an intense day of competition our water rescue team were crowned champions in the water rescue category where the scenario simulated a flooding with a rescue from the first floor of a house using a short extension ladder.

Crews then had to treat a 'casualty' for head and possible spinal injuries. Adding to the difficulty of the challenge the rescue boat was operated by an electric motor, which all teams had only ten minutes to familiarise themselves with.

In other categories, the Brigade was the second placed rope team and secured third spot in the trauma team competition. Our extrication team also performed well, finishing a commendable sixth out of a 26 strong field.

Our extrication team also came away with the Excelerate People's Award which was voted on by our peers and presented by schoolboy Andrew Impey, who has visited almost 1,000 fire stations across the UK as part of a mammoth fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Our team were so moved by the efforts of the Hampshire schoolboy they presented it back to him to put in his room which has been decked out like a fire station complete with pole.

Next up…Brazil

Next up will be the World Rescue Challenge in Brazil where our trauma team will be representing the UK fire and rescue service