Hampshire Fire and Rescue teams are best in Europe

The firefighters from Hampshire excelled in the two-day contest Credit: Hants Fire and Rescue

The firefighters from Hampshire excelled in the two-day contest Credit: Hants Fire and Rescue

The extrication and trauma teams from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have been crowned European champions.

The skilled firefighters had to carry out a total of five scenarios at the two-day contest in Junglinster, in Luxemburg.

The top-notch teams fought off competition from leading services from France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain, as well as the host nation.

The extrication experts impressed in two simulated cutting exercises where they had to rescue a casualty from a car balanced on tractor tyres and another from a vehicle that had ‘crashed’ in a way which caused it to be hemmed in by concrete blocks.

This area was put together to look like a road with related hazards to make the scenario as realistic as possible.

We were extremely pleased to win the competition and I must admit I like looking at the trophies. The guys are all extremely dedicated, doing a lot of stuff in their own time. We could not have achieved the things we have if it wasn’t for the tremendous support we are given by the service.Lee Havey, Liaison Officer

Lee added that the team were eagerly looking forward to testing their mettle against other UK services at the national UKRO event being held in Hampshire next month.

The extrication team were made up of Watch Managers Stuart Vince and Lee Havey, Crew Manager Paul Jarrett and firefighters Steve Morris, Greg Moss and Brian Saunders.

The trauma team – Watch Manager Ian Cooper and Firefighter Morris – also came top after completing three scenarios.

These ranged from a single casualty with a lacerated leg caused by an industrial accident with a circular saw to an explosion with 21 casualties including children and people with poles through their bodies, severe burns, missing eyes, broken bones and other severe injuries.

It is fantastic to win these awards and when you do other organisations really like to test you which is great because that is how you get better.Watch Manger, Cooper

The Luxembourg Rescue Organisation (LRO) 2016 Challenge was held last month.

In the past ten years the Hampshire teams have won a glittering array of accolades including world, European, and UK championships and other international events including US competitions in which they swept the boards.

The teams’ international reputations have led to them being asked to provide training for other fire services in the UK, Europe and America.

They have not only raised the bar in their fields they have also developed pioneering new techniques and equipment.