The Essex rescue team taking on the world
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s road traffic collision extrication team are set to represent the UK at the World Rescue Challenge which takes place in Portugal between October 14 and 18.
The seven strong team won a place on the world stage after placing highly in the UK finals which were held at the Fire Service College in Moreton-on-the-Marsh in July.
The World Rescue Challenge sees the best teams from around the world pit their extrication skills against one another in a series of challenging rescue scenarios scored by a panel of assessor looking for the team with the best skills and technique.
This year’s event has drawn more than 30 of the best teams from around the world. Teams taking part have come from Australia, the USA, Brazil, throughout Europe and Eastern Europe each hoping to be named the best in the world.
The Essex team is one of four from the UK competing at the world championships.
Over the last year the team have been working closely with Ford at their Dunton Technical Centre. This has given them access to the latest Ford cars and the even an opportunity to talk to the engineers and technical teams behind those cars to find the best way to carry out rescues.
Jeremy Tuckwell, who is part of the team, said: “There are 34 teams taking part and it is fantastic that our skills have earned us a place in the world finals. We are all looking forward to getting out there and seeing how we do.
“We have never competed at this level before so we have no idea where we’ll come but even making it to the finals is a huge achievement so we are really pleased to have this opportunity.”
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said: “We are incredibly proud of the team and all they have achieved. The team have worked extremely hard to get to where they are and we will all be cheering them on as they head out to represent the County and the country on the world stage.
“It’s testament to the dedication and professionalism of the team that they are competing at such a high standard. It demonstrates the skills our crews have when it comes to responding to road incidents.”
The Extrication Team is 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 is manager is Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley.