Isle of Wight firefighters take on the World Rescue Challenge
Two Isle of Wight firefighters will be travelling to Brazil to represent the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service at the World Rescue Challenge.
Two Isle of Wight firefighters will be travelling to Brazil later this month to represent the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service at the World Rescue Challenge, an international competition for emergency services personnel run by the World Rescue Organisation.
Newport crew manager Aidy Wellock and Ryde firefighter Aden Thomson will be taking part in complex trauma scenarios which are designed to challenge emergency service personnel and enhance their skills.
The scenarios are set up by medical professionals, using actors to simulate an accident or series of injuries that have to be immediately dealt with. Aidy and Aden will be assessed on the lifesaving first aid they administer as the first professionals on the scene of an incident before further medical support arrives.
Building on success of 2015 Challenge
Aidy and Aden hope to build on their success at the 2015 World Rescue Challenge which was held in Portugal, where they came second in the world beating 31 other teams from 16 different countries.
As well as taking part in the competition, the team will attend training sessions and educational workshops hosted by leading medical professionals from around the world, to assist in the development and coaching of all entrants to ensure fire and rescue personnel are working at the highest standard.
Mick Keenan, local senior officer at the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said:
Aidy Wellock, crew manager at Newport Fire Station, said: