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Essex extrication team back from world championships

The Service’s extrication team have returned from the World Rescue Challenge after proving they are more than capable of competing against the best in the world.

The competition sees rescue teams pit their skills against one another in a series of challenging rescue exercises. It drew the 34 best rescue teams from around the globe as they competed to be named world champions.

The Essex team qualified after a strong showing in the UK national finals and despite the fact that this is the first time they have competed on the world stage still managed to come in the top half of the table finishing a very respectable 14th.

Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley said: “I am so proud of the team. To qualify for the international finals was a huge achievement and to prove that they can compete at this level and come in the top half on their first try is fantastic.

“At the start of the year my ambition for the team was for us to make the UK top 20 and instead, thanks to their hard work and dedication, the team have shown they are amongst the best and are now number 14 in the world.

“They did Essex proud and put in an excellent performance in all three scenarios they competed in. We felt like winners just to make it to the world finals but now we know that we can compete with the best of the best and still hold our own.

“The event was fantastic. It was great to see teams from around the world come together and compete in something which makes all of us better at carrying out rescues in life threatening situations. Everything the team have learnt for this event will be put into practice saving lives here in the County.

“I would like to thank Ford Dunton and Vimpex, from Great Wakering, Essex, who have supported the team throughout by providing facilities and equipment. It’s thanks to their help that we are where we are.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said: “I am extremely of the entire team. Their dedication, commitment and hard work has paid off and they have proven that they are amongst the best in the world.

“It shows the skills our crews have when it comes to responding to road traffic collisions here in Essex.”

The Extrication Team is made up of Kevin Mitson, Anthony Clements, Nick Singleton and Jeremey Tuckwell from the Service Training; Colchester firefighter Kelvin Tuckwell and Clacton firefighters Andy Edwards and Mick Lawrence. The team manager is Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley. Also attending the event with the team were Station Officer Adrian Richardson, who qualified as a WRO Assessor, and Simon Falzon, who has facilitated the relationship between the Service and Ford Motor Company.

During the event they carried out rescues in three different scenarios. A complex rescue involving two vehicles and two casualties which has to be completed in 30 minutes, a standard rescue involving two vehicles and one casualty, which has to be completed in 20 minutes, and finally a rapid rescue which sees crews having to safely release a casualty in just 10 minutes.

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