City fire crew best in the country

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A FIRE crew from Sheffield is celebrating after winning a national competition to test its search and rescue skills in smoke-filled buildings.

Central White Watch finished first in the UK Finals of the Breathing Apparatus (BA) Challenge, beating off competition from nine other crews.

Each team faced a series of gruelling challenges, including the simulated rescue of casualties from burning buildings, at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

The judges scored the crew highest in the best pump operator and best BA team categories.

Central also won the charity competition – donating £500 to the Fire Fighters Charity and £500 to the Children’s Hospital Charity.

Crew Manager Paul Wood said: “We are all delighted to have won this competition, given how tough it was on the day. We trained extremely hard throughout the year to make sure we beat last year’s finish of sixth, so this is a great achievement.”

The winning team consists of Firefighter Joe Swarbrick, Firefighter John Taylor, Crew Manager Paul Wood, Firefighter Nigel Potts and Crew Manager Lee Jones.