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Extrication Team - an excellent result at UKRO 2015

The Service’s road traffic collision Extrication Team has scored their best result to date coming fourth at the National United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge which took place at the Fire Service College between the July 30 and August 1.

The Essex Team was one of twenty three teams from around the UK which took part in the various challenges with the scores being averaged out over the two days of competition.

Because of the unfortunate cancellation of last year's event the UKRO Committee decided that the top six teams would win entry to the World Rescue Organisation (WRO) Challenge with fourth, fifith and sixth place competing in Portugal in October 2015 and first, second and third going to WRO Challenge Brazil in 2016

Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley, the RTC Extrication Team Manager, said: “The Team put in an excellent performance dealing with two extremely challenging scenarios over the two days of competition which has been rewarded with a fourth place finish.

“Knowing how the team have developed over the last twelve months I was certain they were capable of a top ten finish however as it turned out they exceeded all expectations, coming fourth and earning a place to represent the United Kingdom on the world stage in Portugal in October this year.

“It is a great result and something which the team should feel extremely proud about. We must also thank Ford Motor Company for all their support with vehicles to develop the skills on, as well as supplying the team with a new minibus. Also thanks to Vimpex for supporting the Team with tools and equipment, as well as a new set of competition PPE.

“All concerned have all put in a lot of hard work to make sure they were ready for UKRO 2015, and it has paid off. We are now looking forward to going up against the best in the world at the WRO Challenge in Lisbon.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said: “This is a fantastic result and a reflection of all the hard work and training the team has put in and I wish them all the best when they take on the top RTC Extrication Teams in the world in Portugal.”

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