Emergency team in competition success

Alex Bennett, acting chief fire officer Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

Alex Bennett, acting chief fire officer Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

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EMERGENCY personnel from the county came come out on top in a regional rescue competition.

Northumberland Fire Rescue Service’s extrication team, made up of four firefighters and one medic from North East Ambulance Service, was placed first in the Durham and Darlington competition.

The event involved 12 teams competing to perform the rescue of a driver from a car in a simulated road traffic accident.

The teams were judged on the speed, safety and technical skill they applied to the rescue and the Northumberland team came away the coveted trophy.

As well as winning the overall competition, members of the team were also judged to be the best technical operators.

And watch manager Andy Pogson, who led the rescue, won best incident commander.

Other members of the team included firefighters Steve Wight, Richie Fairbairn and Gary Hall and Donna Hay from the ambulance service.

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 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.”

The competition took place at Great Aycliffe Showground in Newton Aycliffe.