UKRO Challenge 2012 Lincoln


European champions Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue host 2012 UKRO Challenge.

Rescue teams from across the country all met in Lincoln to hone their skills in the country’s biggest and most prestigious firefighter event, hosted by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

The UK Rescue Challenge saw 130 teams compete against each other in a series of simulated rescues designed to test their skills to the limit. The event was extremely well attended, with the sunshine being brought by the many visitors who came to the venue to watch the action.

Over two days, teams were challenged to save casualties in a range of mock incidents.  The main challenge involve nearly fifty teams all competing to rescue casualties from a car crash in 20 minutes.

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

The Lincoln event not only allowed crews to display their skills throughout the challenge, it also saw all teams increase their learning and understanding in relation to new technologies, new techniques and best practice across all of the disciplines.

It’s was also the first time in the event’s 23-year history that a water challenge has featured in the line-up.  With teams competing 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, says:

“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 gives you the opportunity to see Lincoln crews undertaking what for them are daily duties alongside fellow firefighters from across the UK.  We’re very proud to have hosted the event.  It is a great showcase of the world-renowned quality of our nation’s fire service.”

Steve Apter, chairman of the UK Rescue Organisation, says:

“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 was 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 were 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, hosted by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on behalf of the UK Rescue Organisation, took place around the University of Lincoln and the Brayford Pool, a stunning venue and central for the city to come and visit.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue would like to thank the following for supporting the event: