About UKRO 2022

The United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) “Festival of Rescue” is the leading rescue competition in the UK, and in 2022, West Midlands Fire Service are honoured to be hosting. For over 30 years, UKRO has been at the forefront of development and innovation in the field of professional rescue.

UKRO 2022 will bring competitors from over 30 fire and rescue services around the UK and even further afield to compete in five disciplines: Trauma Care, Rope Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and Water Rescue. This year we’re also pleased to be adding the UK’s Firefighter fitness challenge!

The event itself is a unique spectacle with teams assessed as they undertake various challenges in front of a live audience. Members of the public will be able to watch teams compete, and learn more about the various rescue disciplines, as well as the wider role of the Fire and Rescue Service.

When is it taking place?

The festival is running from the 29th September – 1st October, with the main competition taking place on the Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. Throughout the three days of the festival there will be a range of workshops and demonstrations for competitors and the spectators to take part in and watch.

Where will it take place?

Most of the event will take place in Birmingham at Smithfield, the site of the old wholesale markets, which will also be a festival and event site for Commonwealth Games. This well-connected site in central Birmingham will allow us to attract visitors from around the region and further afield.

Our Rope Rescue challenge will take place nearby in Birmingham City Centre, making use of local landmarks to really put on a show!

We hope UKRO Festival of Rescue West Midlands will be interactive and engaging for both competitors and the public. We plan to hold events in the run up to the main festival around the West Midlands, to ensure that all our communities can get involved and to develop a range of digital workshops, led by experts in each discipline, that are live streamed across the country to all Fire and Rescue Services.

Why are West Midlands Fire Service hosting the event?

Hosting the UKRO Challenge is not only a great honour, but also a chance to promote our service, continuing to build strong relationships with the public, partners and other fire and rescue services.

It is also an opportunity to shine a light on aspects of the fire and rescue service that are less well known, and we will also have an opportunity to share key safety and prevention messages.

UKRO as an organisation is focused on constantly improving skills and standards in rescue, which fits perfectly with our own commitment to excellence. The workshops held as part of the event, alongside the training for the competition itself, will be excellent opportunities to share knowledge and improve the rescue capability of firefighters across the UK.

What is the Summer of Rescue?

We also plan to hold events in the run up to the main festival around the West Midlands, to ensure that all our communities can get involved these will be events held in prime locations across our 7 local authority areas of Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Sandwell. These will showcase the best the West Midlands Fire Service has to offer along with some ice cream and fun too!

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