The CT Fire & Rescue team in Luxembourg will participate in the World Rescue Challenge

Cape Town’s team of extrication specialists within the Fire and Rescue Service compete against 71 other international teams in the World Rescue Challenge.

CAPE TOWN – Emergency crews and first responders are the real unsung heroes in any emergency.

Specialized extraction teams are often called upon to help free victims from life-threatening scenes.

During the last financial year, the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service responded to 3,516 motor vehicle accidents.

The City has brought together a specialized extrication team made up of members of the Fire and Rescue Service to compete against 71 other international teams in the World Rescue Challenge in Luxembourg.

The extrication of vehicular accident victims has become one of the most important life functions and rescuers are responsible for setting up a safe work area, assessing possible hazards and getting trapped people out quickly.

JP Smith, Member of Cape Town Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

The event has two components, the trauma challenge and the rescue/extrication challenge.

The objective of the Trauma Challenge is to assist in the development of trauma-related skills of firefighters and rescuers to enable them to successfully deal with the wide range of casualty centered incidents, while the objective of a rescue / extrication challenge is to save the injured by vehicles involved in a collision.

The nine-person team, who are the current national champions, have 176 years of experience between them.

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Some of the team members had to face difficult circumstances to rescue loved ones, but their dedication and commitment are to be commended.

JP Smith, Member of Cape Town Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

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Our team is tied with the best in the world and each challenge in this competition gives them the opportunity to learn new techniques in extrication, vehicle stabilization and patient care. They return with skills and knowledge to improve service delivery.

JP Smith, Member of Cape Town Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security

During the week, before the team’s departure, they prepared for the challenge and worked on the different scenarios on which they will be judged.

The team is due to return to Cape Town on September 17.


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