Sheffield fire fighters taril a blaze of glory

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THEY’VE climbed the ladder - and reached the very top!

Firefighters from White Watch at Sheffield Central station won national recognition in a competition testing search and rescue skills in heat and smoke.

Joe Swarbrick, John Taylor, Nigel Potts, Lee Jones and crew manager Paul Wood scooped first place in the UK finals of the Breathing Apparatus Challenge against nine other UK teams.

Each tackled a series of scenarios involving the rescue of ‘casualties’ from inside smoke-filled buildings.

Judges named the Central crew overall winners after they scored highest in the best pump operator and best breathing apparatus team categories.

Paul said: “We are all delighted to have won given how tough it was on the day. We trained extremely hard throughout the year to make sure we beat last year’s finish of sixth.”

The prize was £1,000 for charity and the team donated £500 of it to the Fire Fighters Charity and £500 to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.