We’re national Breathing Apparatus champs – again!

West Mids firefighters celebrate wins at National Breathing Apparatus Challenge



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Published on 4 October 2021

West Midlands Fire Service is celebrating a number of wins at the 2021 National Breathing Apparatus Challenge (NBAC).

The event, which took place at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, attracted twenty fire and rescue service teams from across the country.

We were represented by firefighters from Foleshill fire station (White and Red Watches) and Hay Mills Blue Watch.

Many congratulations to Hay Mills Blue (pictured above) for their overall win. They also won in 2018 and 2019! Team: Crew Commander James Davis (Officer in Charge); Watch Commander Steve Gibson and C/Cdr Waleed Iqbal (Breathing Apparatus/BA wearers); Firefighter Jason Plant (Fire Ground Operative); FF Sue Clarke (Entry Control Officer).

But the WMFS glory didn’t stop there, with Foleshill Red (pictured below, with colleagues from White Watch) taking second place overall!

Our entrants also picked up a number of individual awards:

FF Francesca Waters, Foleshill Red – best Entry Control Officer
FF Jason Plant, Hay Mills Blue – best Fire Ground Operative
W/Cdr Steve Gibson and C/Cdr Waleed Iqbal, Hay Mills Blue – 2nd place, best BA wearers
FF Sue Clarke, Hay Mills Blue – 3rd place, best Entry Control Officer.The NBAC depends on the year-round dedication of its organising committee. This year, W/Cdr Dave Payton (former WMFS) and Ian Evans, formerly WMFS now Shropshire FRS, retire from their roles on the committee. Lee Sketchley (retired WMFS) also played a significant part in the challenge from its inception in 2004/5 until 2019. We thank them and their colleagues for providing a safe, professional and challenging event.