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NYFRS cuts it with the best

12th November 2009

North Yorkshire Rescue Service are celebrating the success of its Road Accident Extrication team which achieved a top ten place in the World Rescue Challenge held in Frankfurt in October. The team members are drawn from across the Service and qualified to represent the United Kingdom, when out of over 40 teams from across the UK, they came in the top 5 of the National Finals.

The World Rescue Challenge event itself saw over 30 teams from all over the world including representatives from as far afield as America, Australia, Ghana and Canada compete over a three day period with each team having to complete three separate rescue exercises. The exercises themselves are extremely realistic and require live casualties to be rescued from vehicles that have been prepared in a way that mirrors the problems faced by operational crews. Each exercise is different in complexity and the time allowed for completion of the rescue, trained assessors watching every aspect of the team’s performance, including making use of a nurse of paramedic to act as the casualty in order to assess the trauma care provided.

Although such events themselves are primarily competitive in nature they have a much wider benefit, which is to promote good practice through the development of new technique, equipment and skills, which can then be used to improve the way road accidents are dealt with in real life. Nigel Hutchinson, the Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire said “This was a fantastic achievement and reinforces our commitment to excellence and providing the highest quality operational service possible to our communities.”

NYFRS Extrication Team

The team is pictured in celebratory mood on hearing the results! From left to right, Rich Nicholson, Keith Ward, Simon Wall, Steve Bake, Andy Young and Dave Lonsdale.

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