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24th August 2012, 10:16am
University hosts national rescue challenge
Firemen on Brayford Pool Lincoln Firefighters from all over the country have converged for the biggest and most prestigious fire and rescue competition at the University of Lincoln.

The UK Rescue Challenge will see 127 teams compete against each other in a series of simulated rescues designed to test their skills to the limit. And visitors to Lincoln can watch the action.
Hosted by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the teams will be challenged to save casualties in a range of mock incidents over the weekend of August 25 and 26. The main challenge will involve 50 teams competing to rescue casualties from a car crash in 20 minutes.

Other demonstrations in the competitive training event will include rescues from water, a high-rise building using the University of Lincoln’s atrium, and a collapsed structure.

Chris Whaley, the University’s catering and conference manager, said: “We’re delighted that the University of Lincoln is able to support an event such as this. It’s raising the profile of the University and the city as a whole, and is our way of thanking Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue service as they do so much for us and the local community. There are 127 teams from 27 counties taking part, plus a team from Austria, so there’s a lot of activity. The atmosphere is fantastic.”

It’s the first time in the event’s 23-year history that a water challenge has featured in the line-up. It will take place on Brayford Pool using Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s new boats, which form one of the UK’s biggest flood-response fleets.
Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Every day of the year, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue stands ready to respond to calls for help. But it’s not just flames that we tackle. Our specialist teams are on hand to deal with incidents like collapsed buildings, car crashes and international disasters. The Rescue Challenge will give you the opportunity to see them put their finely-honed skills into action, alongside other teams from across the UK. We’re very proud to be hosting the event, which will be a great showcase of the world-renowned quality of our nation’s fire service.”

Steve Apter, chairman of the UK Rescue Organisation, added: “The UK Rescue Challenge is the culmination of hours of dedicated training and honing of skills across a wide range of technical skills. It’s a world-class event, showcasing the pinnacle of the nation’s rescue expertise.”

As well as the excitement of watching the rescue teams in action, there’ll also be plenty of fun activities going on, including the chance to meet Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s life-saving rescue dogs. A graffiti artist, climbing wall, street performers, street first aid, and a fly-past by the Red Arrows are just some of the other goings-on, along with the opportunity to find out about a firefighting career and get fire safety advice.
The Rescue Challenge will take place from 10am until 4pm on both days.

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