A team from the North Limburg emergency assistance zone has been selected to participate in the ‘World Rescue Challenges’. These are the world games for technical assistance and rescue of victims from vehicles. The firefighters will also be the only ones to defend Limburg’s honour.
Geert Van Baelen
Yesterday at 4:49 PM
The ‘World Rescue Challenges’ is a four-day international event that will take place from 7 to 11 September in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In this competition, 32 firefighters from 17 countries compete against each other. The United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Latin America, Taiwan and several European countries are represented. The goal is to learn from each other’s experiences. The North Limburg emergency assistance zone will participate with its six-person Technical Rescue Team, which is responsible for the safe and rapid extrication of victims from vehicles after a traffic accident. Not only speed is judged, the approach and command are also of fundamental importance. The specialized team is composed of firefighters from the various posts in the emergency zone. Over the past seven years, it has participated several times in similar competitions in Germany, France and Luxembourg.
Deputy Roel Vanden Boer is honored. “Due to the positive impressions that we have left at home and abroad, we were asked this year by the organization of the world championships,” he says. “Given that the event takes place this year in Europe, a neighboring country itself, participating is practically and financially feasible for us. This is a huge honor for our team and for the entire relief zone. Thanks to the cooperation of the zone management and the support of the mayors, we can show ourselves. This competition triggers us to become even better in our profession, which of course only benefits the emergency services.”
Zone commander Jan Jorissen points out the importance of the skills. “Based on statistics, we can show that the number of accidents has decreased significantly in 20 years, and certainly the number of deaths in accidents. In the past we were called up every week to free a victim from a vehicle, today this is still the case sporadically. Nevertheless, we must continue to invest in the safety of the roads, road users, but also in that of our emergency services. After all, we are now dealing with new developments such as electric vehicles, hydrogen propulsion, LNG and much more. Exercise and training of our staff is therefore even more important than before.” You can see the team live at work on Sunday 4 September at 3 pm, during a demo on the open day of Fire Brigade Bree on Bocholterstraat.