Community first responders at opening of Worcester’s new fire station

Monday 23rd November 2015 – 12.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

Volunteer lifesavers joined emergency services for a dramatic rescue demonstration during the official opening of the new fire station in Worcester.

South Worcestershire Community First Responders Steve Madeley and Tim Hodges, based in Upton-upon-Severn, attended to a burns victim at a simulated house fire and explosion, watched by HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester who formally opened the new fire facility in McKenzie Way on Thursday 19th November.

Community First Responders at opening of Worcester's new fire station

Picture: South Worcestershire Community First Responders

After the exercise, Tim and Steve had an opportunity to speak to the Duke.

Steve said: “Members of the South Worcestershire team enjoy an excellent relationship with other agencies and often attend joint exercises with Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service and West Mercia Police where they take part in various scenarios including multi-casualty exercises such as night club fires and train crashes.

“We also attend Hereford & Worcester Fire station open days where we carry out demonstrations for the public such as road traffic collision casualty extractions and we also train visitors in CPR and lifesaving techniques for various medical emergencies such as choking, severe bleeding etc..

“It was due to this special relationship with Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service that we were invited to represent West Midlands Ambulance Service South Worcestershire Community First Responders at the official opening ceremony.”

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