Rescue teams at the ready

Rescue teams from across the country will be coming to Lincoln to hone their skills in the country’s biggest and most prestigious firefighter event, hosted by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

The UK Rescue Challenge will see 130 teams compete against each other in a series of simulated rescues designed to test their skills to the limit.

And visitors to Lincoln can watch the action, based around the University of Lincoln and the Brayford Pool.

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Over two days - Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August - the teams will be challenged to save casualties in a range of mock incidents.

The main challenge will involve fifty teams competing to rescue casualties from a car crash in 20 minutes.

Other demonstrations will include rescues from water, a high-rise building using the University of Lincoln’s atrium, and a collapsed structure.

“Every day, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue stands ready to respond to calls for help. But it’s not just flames that we tackle,” said Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

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“Our specialist teams are on hand to deal with incidents like collapsed buildings, car crashes and international disasters.”

“The Rescue Challenge will give you the opportunity to see them put their finely-honed skills into action, alongside other teams from across the UK. We’re very proud to be hosting the event, which will be a great showcase of the world-renowned quality of our nation’s fire service.”

A graffiti artist, climbing wall, street performers, first aid, and a Red Arrows fly-past are just some of the other goings-on, plus the chance to find out about a firefighting career and get fire safety advice.

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