Urban Search and Rescue team to compete for UK title

Thu 8 Sep, 2016

Updated with results, Saturday 10 September

  • Best Technical Team: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Best Medic: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Best Incident Commander: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Best Overall Team: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service 

A team of six of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) trained operational staff has just set off for Eastleigh in Hampshire in preparation for this weekend’s United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) 2016 Rescue Challenge. (The team is pictured leaving Aylesbury Fire Station in two USAR personnel carriers.)

Dubbed the 'Rescue Olympics' by UKRO chairman Steve Apter, Assistant Chief Officer at host brigade Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, the three-day event will see teams take on the toughest challenges and share skills during simulations in the fields of vehicle extrication, trauma management, search and rescue, rope rescue, water rescue and animal rescue.

There will be 65 professional firefighter teams taking part across the various categories, including the national champions from Germany and Luxembourg as well as the recently crowned Europeans champions in extrication and trauma from Hampshire.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's team, comprisiing Pete Skinner, Paul Collins, Liam Britton, Ian Newton, Alan Still and team leader Carl Hayward, will be going for gold in the USAR category. It has high hopes of improving on previous years’ positions following narrow defeats in both the 2011 and 2013 competitions.

Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell said: “It’s fantastic that our USAR team is entering this very high profile competition. Everyone here wishes them the very best of luck, but I am sure their training and preparation will ensure a performance which reflects their high degree of professionalism and showcases their teamwork and specialist skills.”

Click here for more information about the UKRO 2016 Rescue Challenge.