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Summer of Rescue Event

We are so excited that SHAPE Summer Fest 2022 is returning to Sandwell Valley on 16th July 2022 – and this year we are hosting one of West Midlands Fire Service’s Summer of Rescue Event!

As we build towards the UKRO Festival of Rescue at the end of September 2022, West Midlands Fire Service will be hosting various warm up events across the whole of the West Midlands as part of our “Summer of Rescue”.  The Summer of Rescue will give members of the public in each part of the West Midlands an opportunity to see their local crews practicing and training for each of the five challenges which form part of the UKRO Festival of Rescue. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service as a whole, including our important prevention and protection work, and what it takes to work for WMFS.

The United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) “Festival of Rescue” is the leading rescue competition in the UK, and in 2022, West Midlands Fire Service are honoured to be hosting. For over 30 years, UKRO has been at the forefront of development and innovation in the field of professional rescue.

UKRO 2022 will bring competitors from over 30 fire and rescue services around the UK and even further afield to compete in five disciplines: Trauma Care, Rope Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and Water Rescue. This year we’re also pleased to be adding the UK’s Firefighter fitness challenge!

The event itself is a unique spectacle with teams assessed as they undertake various challenges in front of a live audience. Members of the public will be able to watch teams compete, and learn more about the various rescue disciplines, as well as the wider role of the Fire and Rescue Service.

Hosting the UKRO Challenge and ‘Summer of Rescue’ events is not only a great honour, but also a chance to promote our service, continuing to build strong relationships with the public, partners and other fire and rescue services. It is also an opportunity to shine a light on aspects of the fire and rescue service that are less well known, and we will also have an opportunity to share key safety and prevention messages.