Sheffield firefighters named best in country

Firefighters John Taylor, Will Selby, Paul Wood, Nigel Potts and Chris Moore
Firefighters John Taylor, Will Selby, Paul Wood, Nigel Potts and Chris Moore
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Sheffield firefighters showcased their search and rescue skills and came out top in a national competition.

Members of white watch at Central fire station in Sheffield city centre came first in the Breathing Apparatus Challenge.

They competed against 15 other crews, demonstrating their skills in a range of scenarios where they had to search for casualties in heat and smoke.

The crews had to show how they would have rescued real life casualties from burning buildings.

Judges at the competition, held at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, named the Central crew overall winners after they scored highest in the best breathing apparatus team and best officer in charge categories.

They were also judged on their firefighting skills while wearing breathing apparatus.

A second team from South Yorkshire, made up of firefighters based at the service’s training and development centre in Handsworth, also took part in the contest, which officers say is proof of the skill and professionalism of the county’s crews.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Blunden, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “We’re very proud that a crew from South Yorkshire took first place in a national competition that was filled with extremely professional, highly-skilled firefighters.

“The standard was very, very high and for our crew to perform to such a high standard on the national stage is a fantastic achievement.

“Since arriving in South Yorkshire this spring, I’ve been convinced the service is amongst the best at what it does. Winning this competition is further proof.”