Teams race to rescue crash 'victims'

21:16, Mar 04 2014

Firefighters from all around the country will converge in Feilding this week to put their skills at rescuing people from car crashes to the test.

It will be the first time the United Fire Brigades' Association national road crash rescue challenge has been hosted in Feilding.

It will run over three days from March 6 to 8 at Manfeild Stadium.

Feilding deputy chief fire officer Garry Pinfold, who is organising the event, said 16 teams of five firefighters from as far away as Queenstown and Kerikeri would race to extricate and treat live "patients" from crash scenarios designed to replicate the kind of accidents firefighters see in real life.

The event requires 90 cars to be crushed, and 12 people to volunteer as patients for each of the three days.

The competition is open to public viewing, and Mr Pinfold said they welcomed people, particularly teens, to come along and watch the firefighters at work. The scenarios were very realistic and the patients were made up to look injured. They were also given roles to play.

Aside from the competition, it was an opportunity for the firefighters to learn new techniques and procedures to give patients the best chance of survival. The event is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm each day.

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