Behind the Scenes - Day 7
Day 7 – Saturday 23 August
After the excitement of day one, the teams start to arrive for what promises to be a thrilling climax to the 2008 UKRO Extrication Challenge.
They are greeted by another gloriously sunny day and blue skies.
As the 30 minute complex scenarios get under way, the line rescue and trauma challenge teams are also preparing for day two of their competitions.
For those who are not competing there’s still lots to do, with the heavy rescue and new car technology workshops proving extremely popular.
The standard of extrication is as high as ever and the participating teams draw big crowds, proving yet again the challenge’s relevance as a national training and skill-sharing exercise.
The end of a perfect day!
With the play-offs complete the teams return to their accommodation to prepare for the finale of the whole week – the closing ceremony.
Meanwhile the activity continues as crews move in to start dismantling the scaffolding, pit fencing and grandstands and the extrication equipment is packed away once again. In one corner of the car park stands a mountain of cubed cars which have been crushed after each extrication.
Participants and organisers meet at the stunning Stirling Castle for the closing ceremony and presentation of prizes.
The evening is hosted by TV presenter Carol Smilie with entertainment by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who give an unusual and highly energetic take on traditional Scottish music. Royal Berkshire FRS is named as the UK’s top extrication team for 2008, with Central Scotland in second place and South Wales third.
Prizes are also awarded for the best Officer in Charge, best Medic and best Tool Operators.
As the 2008 event draws to a dramatic close, Dick and Seth are already planning and looking forward to the 2009 UKRO Extrication Challenge, which will be held in Glasgow next August.
Dick said: “As the number of deaths on the roads continues to far outweigh those killed in fires, the relevance of events such as the extrication challenge has never been greater.
“I’m extremely proud of what we do; it is the largest gathering of operational firefighters anywhere in the UK and probably anywhere in the world, which means it’s a massive training event for UK fire service personnel. I firmly believe that we are helping to raise rescue standards across the UK and, in relation to vehicle rescue, this is where I believe we can save most lives. Putting it simply, the more we train, the better we get, the more lives can be saved.”