Avon Fire and Rescue show their life-saving skills in international competition
BRISTOL firefighters showed they were some of the best in the world when it comes to rescuing people.
A six-strong team from Avon Fire and Rescue's Blue Watch based at Temple fire station came fourth in he World Extrication Challenge.
The three-day competition was held at London's Excel Centre, one of the Olympic venues in the summer.
Competitors came from all over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, New Zealand, Russia, Ghana, South Africa, Switzerland, USA and Canada, making a total of 30 teams.
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Temple's Blue Watch finished second in the 30-minute "complex" rescue challenge.
In the individual categories, Lee Rogers finished second in the best medic competition, with Grant Tolley and Dave Britton finishing fifth in the best technical section, backed up by Kev Read and Iain Campbell. Andy Gee came seventh in the "officer in charge" (OIC) competition.
Overall, there were only a handful of points separating the top five teams.
Avon Fire and Rescues' deputy chief fire officer Jon Day said: "I am delighted with the success of the Blue Watch team and want to congratulate them on behalf of all their colleagues.
"Avon was quite unusual in having a watch-based team. Most of the other leading teams were an amalgamation or squad that comes together just for the competitions. Finishing fourth in the world challenge is an achievement to be proud of, and a testament to the professionalism, skill and team work of the Temple Blue Watch."