Rescue challenge comes to the city

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is staging the United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013 on July 5 and 6 in Liverpool.

Teams from 39 fire and rescue services across the UK, including London, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Scotland are taking part.

In total 600 competitors are expected at the event  working with the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO).

The range of challenges this year includes rope rescue, casualty management/trauma care, extrication/vehicle rescue, water rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said: “It promises to be a fantastic event  in a great location and the public are welcome to watch the drama and excitement unfold for free.

“We would also like to thank all our sponsors for this event who have either provided equipment or funds to make sure UKRO 2013 would really make its mark.”

The event will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm on Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6.

A specially constructed area on land near the BT Convention Centre and Queens Dock is being created to stage the event, which is called the United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013.

There will also be a Community Village area at the event  with safety information available for the public on road safety and fire safety.

A variety of fire and rescue service equipment will be used at the site during the days and the public are asked to remain in the public viewing areas and to follow instructions of safety staff and organisers on site when required.

The public and competitors will also see regular updates and information during the event on Twitter @MerseyFire and on the website www.merseyfire.gov.uk

The sponsors of the United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013 are: Angloco Limited, Babcock, Clan Tools & Plant Ltd, Crofton Engineering, Excelerate, The Fire Service College, JCB, Multihog, North West Ambulance Service, Reach and Rescue, TechnologyOne, Versadock International, Weber Rescue UK, BOC, Gustharts, HAAGEN, Harken UK, Holmatro, Merseytravel, Packexe, Savox Communications, BRIGGS and the FireBug company.