Berkshire Firefighters Best At Rescues

28 September 2011, 05:00

A team from Royal Berkshire's Fire and Rescue Services has won first place at the national extrication challenge.

The challenge took place last weekend in London, with 40 teams from fire services around the country competing.

Their skills were put to test dealing with simulated road accidents.

They were judged on technical and medical skills and how well the incident commander dealt with the scenario.

RBFRS came top in each category and were also named best overall team.

It's the second win of the year for the team who won the World Extrication Challenge title in New Zealand in July.

Group Manager Paul Maynard, who leads the RBFRS team, said:

"The standard of the other teams was particularly high this year, so for us to come first in every category is a fantastic result.

"The most important part of these competitions is the opportunity they give us to learn new skills and rescue techniques, all of which we take back to Berkshire and pass on to all of our crews who put them to use in real life incidents."

Check out the video below of the team in action.