Emergency Services Show

West Midlands Fire Service Extrication Challenge

West Midlands Fire Service Extrication Challenge


The West Midlands Fire Service will be running their internal RTC Challenge at The Emergency Services Show at the NEC on the 20th and 21st September 2017. The event will be a significant step forward in competitions and will be a highly enjoyable and worthwhile event.

This year to make the challenge more realistic we have decided that all WMFS teams will run with 5 team members to better replicate the real world fire appliance crewing of 5 persons.  The aim of the West Midlands Fire Service Extrication Challenge is to bring together teams of operational personnel who are committed to demonstrating their commitment to operational excellence and enhancing our development to the highest standards possible within the realms of Road Traffic collision (RTC).

The primary emphasis of fire brigade challenges is to promote “Best Safe Working Practices”. The ethos of the challenge is not merely to win the event but to greatly improve the skills of Firefighters in order that they are better able to deliver a more professional service to our communities for operational response in the real world.

Although one team will be judged the best team overall, in truth the real winners of this event will be the general public and the communities we serve. With our ongoing commitment to challenges, teams will see significant development & improvement in extrication, which will ultimately benefit casualties involved at operational incidents and RTC’s.

The challenge will provide an arena for some of the UK’s best rescue personnel to come together and develop their proficiency levels in all areas of road traffic collision rescue but specifically in:

· Incident Command & Control · Safety & Scene Assessment · Extrication · Professional Pre-Hospital Care · Expert use of Rescue equipment

West Midlands Fire Service RTC challenges with the support of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) are unique, realistic and exiting events. Operational crews/teams will be assessed & scored using common rescue criteria by a team of three UKRO assessors who will score the following areas:

· Incident command and control · Physical rescue and tool operation · Pre-hospital care 

The scenarios will consist of one of the following evolutions (RTC crash scenes):

· Car on its wheels · Car on its side · Car on its roof

Vehicles will have heavy & complex damage (simulating a significant RTC) along with a ‘live’ casualty trapped inside. There will also be other vehicles or props in the vicinity in order to make the scenarios more realistic. Competing teams/crews from various UK Fire Services are allocated twenty minutes from arrival on these simulated crash scenes to complete as much of the scenario as is safely possible for them to do.

Scenarios are cordoned off, however spectators have the opportunity to still get close up & personal as barriers are only with a few metres from the simulation. Being able to get this close to a crash scene allows you to get a real appreciation of what rescue personnel have to deal with at Road Traffic Collisions.

Our challenge at The Emergency Services Show doesn’t stop there, the top scoring brigades/crews will then go on to represent their respective fire service at the UK ‘National Challenge’, and then subsequently onto ‘international’ challenge events competing against the best rescue & extrication teams in the world.

The West Midlands Fire Service in collaboration with various vehicle manufacturers will also be providing nearby seminars surrounding our RTC simulations at the ESS, providing specialist information and input on the latest rescue tool equipment, new vehicle technology, high strength steel, airbags, SRS, hybrid & full electric vehicles and road safety.

For more information contact Sacha Quinney sacha.quinney@wmfs.net



UKRO will also be running a demonstration of space creation and practical cutting techniques, giving visitors a good basic understanding of how cutting and spreading tools work on vehicles. The demonstration will cover correct operator positioning, the principles of cutting, tackling door hinges and how to use small tools in confined internal spaces. Attendees will also receive guidance on how to avoid some of the most common mistakes operators make when using cutters, spreaders and combi tools.