Rescue workers pull out victory in mock emergency

RESCUE workers from Northumberland proved to be top of their class for road rescues in a regional competition.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s extrication team was placed first in the Durham and Darlington contest at Great Aycliffe Show Ground.

Twelve teams took part in the event, which saw them each perform the rescue of a driver from a simulated road accident.

They were judged on speed, safety and technical skill, with the Northumberland side coming out top.

As well as winning the overall competition, team members were judged to be the best technical operators and Watch Manager Andy Pogson, who led the rescue, was named best incident commander.

Other team members were firefighters Steve Wright, Richie Fairbairn and Gary Hall, as well as medic Donna Hay from the North East Ambulance Service.

Northumberland Acting Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “For many years Northumberland’s extrication team has won regional and national competitions and this achievement proves that our officers continue to perform at the highest level.

“Success in such competitions requires the highest skill and dedication. Our officers are able to use their expertise in real life rescues when working with speed and accuracy can save lives on Northumberland’s roads.”