A tough test is in store for firefighters across the country as they gear up for the biggest national Breathing Apparatus Challenge (BA Challenge) this weekend - now in its fifth year. This year, the event at the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, will include an additional confined space entry challenge from official sponsor, Draeger Safety UK Ltd. 
The BA Challenge, which will take place on Saturday October 13th, demonstrates best practice and puts firefighters skills to the test as top teams from around the UK pit their wits against each other in a series of tough challenges, including incident command, fire ground procedures, entry control and use of breathing apparatus.
For the first time, safety specialists, Draeger Safety UK, will also be challenging participants from UK fire brigades to compete in a fastest time competition, within its confined space entry trailer. A hazardous situation will be simulated in this dedicated mobile training facility making the scenario as realistic as possible, with the winner getting £1,000 for a charity of their choice.
Draeger Safety UK has been the official sponsor of the BA Challenge since it first started five years ago. Greg Barber, Fire Service Business Development Manager from Draeger Safety UK Ltd, said: "The BA Challenge is a fantastic event to be involved with and we are proud to be the official sponsors for the fifth year running.
"At this year's BA event we have decided to bring something different along as a special challenge and in addition to the official challenge of the day, we are running a charity competition. We know that confined space entry can be a highly stressful part of the job that fire fighters face in real life, so we will be using our confined space entry trailer which demonstrates a highly realistic scenario.
"Dräger breathing apparatus is used by fire brigades across the world and the BA Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for UK fire fighters to demonstrate best practice wearing this equipment. Every year the standard of the competition is extremely high and we are looking forward to the biggest and best year yet when the challenge returns next month."
Dräger will also be showcasing a range of the products on offer at the BA Challenge.
Lee Sketchley, event organiser, from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Rescuing people from difficult situations is part and parcel of a firefighter's life and the BA Challenge offers teams from around the country the chance to demonstrate the skills they have developed to the highest standard.
"Nothing beats highly realistic training and practice scenarios are essential to help fire fighters develop the skills they need in order to deal with emergency situations. As well as offering teams from around the country the opportunity to demonstrate best practice, the BA Challenge also gives them an opportunity to fine tune their skills.
"We are all looking forward to the event this weekend - more teams than ever have signed up to take part this year and we're pleased to have the backing of Draeger Safety UK, to help us make the challenge bigger and better than ever before. Draeger Safety UK has been supporting this event since it first began and continues to support firefighters in this hazardous profession by providing high quality safety equipment."

For more information visit www.draeger.com 


Posted October 10th, 2012 at 1555 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com