What does the Water Rescue challenge involve?

Firefighters respond to thousands of emergencies calls each year; with each incident being different than the last.

The West Midlands is a hive of open and running water sites, it has around 520 miles of canals, and numerous other open and running water sources, any of which could result in a person becoming stranded or trapped requiring rescue. For this reason, it is vital that specialist firefighters can deploy into the water quickly and efficiently to facilitate any rescues that would be needed in the fastest time possible.

At this years UKRO Festival of Rescue, firefighters from across the United Kingdom will compete against each other in open water locations to see which team is the best when dealing with incidents involving rapid flowing water, they will be able to demonstrate their skills in real time, utilizing specialist equipment and performing a variety of rescue techniques to dive into the danger and resolve the incident in the fastest and most efficient time possible.

Water Rescue Venues

The water rescue challenges take place at 2 different sites. One is at Barley Green Sailing Club, Bartley Green, Birmingham. The second is located at Iron Bridge, Telford. This site was selected due to the fast running water present at this location. Our colleagues in Shropshire Fire and Rescue kindly assisted us in getting this venue organised.

Challenge Timetable Day 1

Team Registration Time Scenario start Scenario end
Avon 9:30 9:50 10:20
Hereford & Worcester 10:10 10:30 11:00
Durham 10:50 11:10 11:40
West Midlands 11:30 11:50 12:20
London 13:10 13:30 14:00
Northumberland 13:50 14:10 14:40
South Wales 14:30 14:50 15:20
Surrey 15:10 15:30 16:00

Challenge Timetable Day 2

Team Registration Time Scenario start Scenario end
West Midlands 9:00 9:20 9:50
Surrey 9:40 10:00 10:30
South Wales 10:20 10:40 11:10
Northumberland 11:00 11:20 11:50
London 13:00 13:20 13:50
Avon 13:40 14:00 14:30
Durham 14:20 14:40 15:10
Hereford & Worcester 15:00 15:20 15:50
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