Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Service Extrication Team - best result yet

The Service’s Extrication Team have had their best result yet coming second at last weekend’s Humberside Regional RTC and Trauma Challenge.

As well as coming second in the team event there were also individual plaudits for  officer in charge Kevin Mitson and trauma technician Anthony Clements also coming second in their fields at the competition which took place on Saturday July 11.

Sub Officer Kevin Mitson, Training, said: “It was a great result and reflected a great effort by the team. We have all worked hard training and it was good to see the work paying off and to know that the techniques and procedures we have been using are in line with the judges' expectations.

“This was the last regional event before the national finals, which take place at the Fire Service College at the end of July, so it is a real confidence boost for the entire team to do so well in Humberside.

“The entire team has worked really hard and it’s really pleasing to get this confirmation that what we are doing is working. It was a fantastic effort by everyone.”

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley was at the event cheering the team on. He said: “I was really proud of the entire team. I watched them in action and it was a truly impressive display. Especially seeing the entire team working together to carry out a successful extrication without using any cutting equipment.”

The seven strong team is made up of Kevin Mitson, Anthony Clements, Nick Singleton and Jeremey Tuckwell from the Service training section; Colchester firefighter Kelvin Tuckwell and Clacton firefighters Andy Edwards and Mick Lawrence. The team is led by manager Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley.

They can next be seen in action at the UKRO 2015 Challenge which takes place between Thursday July 30 and Sunday August 1 at Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

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