Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach said, “Hosting the UKRO Festival of Rescue is a huge honour, and I’m delighted that West Midlands Fire Service will be welcoming our colleagues from around the country to see everything out region has to offer.
We want this to be the biggest and best competition yet, as well as the most interactive. Not only will you be able to watch the events in person, but we’ll be using technology to ensure everyone can take part online.
Apart from being an exciting visual spectacle, the event is also an opportunity to demonstrate the vital rescue capabilities of the UK FRS. Although many people will understand our firefighting role, fire incidents are fortunately reducing, while rescue and ‘special service’ calls are increasing and now make up a bigger proportion of the total incidents we respond to.”
West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority Chair Councillor Greg Brackenridge said “I’m really pleased that we will be playing host to the competition and look forward to cheering on the WMFS teams from across the West Midlands.”
The UKRO rescue challenges will take place in central Birmingham and the event will be free for the public to attend across the two days.
WMFS will also be hosting warm-up events during a “Summer of Rescue” on fire stations across the West Midlands as part of station open days. More information on these will also appear on the UKRO 2022 website soon.