Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has teamed up with first responder charity LIVES to give trauma training for firefighters attending medical incidents.

The LIVES education team will do training across the county, meaning Lincolnshire’s firefighters are trained to the same standards of trauma response as they are for fire incidents, to help prevent as many serious injuries and fatalities as possible.

Training has already taken place in Bourne and Woodhall Spa, and it will be rolled out across the rest of the county in the coming weeks and months.

Organisational development manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Richard Friend, said: “We have a strong history of working together with LIVES, as they have delivered our training and provided clinical governance to our co responder crews throughout our long collaboration.

“It will mean all fire crews have the same enhanced level of training in the latest equipment and techniques, adding to the existing ongoing training they already receive. Our fire crews can then do even more to save lives before the arrival of medical professionals.”

Nikki Cooke, CEO at LIVES, said: “We are delighted to be working with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to deliver trauma training for firefighters across the county.

“LIVES is extremely proud to have worked in partnership with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue for over 20 years, and we are thrilled that we can continue our strong working relationship by providing this enhanced training programme.

“The trauma training uses realistic simulations to give firefighters the skills and confidence to manage a wide variety of trauma before the arrival of other emergency services, and to form part of the team working together to save lives.

“We believe it’s vital for colleagues across all emergency services to work closely and train alongside each other, as it really does take a team to save a life.”

Over £500 was raised by Lincolnshire firefighters aiming for two world records during a charity challenge at the weekend.

Firefighters from Billingborough and the surrounding villages attempted the challenge, which consisted of running out lengths of 70mm hose (25 metres long) and rolling it up again.

The charity challenge took place at Billingborough Fire Station on Saturday, September 11. It marked the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, bringing injured firefighters to the forefront of people’s minds again.

Harvey Chessum rolling out his hose.

Emma Schofield running the hose during the charity challenge.

Firefighters Michael Foster and John Overton during the charity challenge.

By the time of publication over £500 has been raised in online and offline donations – donations to the fundraiser can still be made here.

Since the event, the firefighters have submitted footage to Guinness World Records and face a wait of at least 12 weeks to find out if they have been successful.

The two records include a speed challenge of how many lengths of hose can be rolled out and back up in an hour. This would be a new record attempt, but a benchmark was set of 35 by Guinness, which was beaten by firefighter Peter Vince with a total of 41.

Peter Vince set a new world record for how many lengths of hose can be rolled out and back up in an hour (subject to verification).

Emma Schofield with her dog Oakley, Peter Vince, Dan Moss, Harvey Chessum with his daughter Amelia, John Overton and Michael Foster.

John Overton looking proud during the charity challenge.

Dan Moss, Harvey Chessum and Peter Vince rolling out lengths off hose and then back again for charity.

Dan Moss and Harvey Chessum in action during the challenge.

The challenge consisted of running out lengths of 70mm hose (25 metres long) and rolling it up again.

The other record relates to rolling out hose lengths to the height of Mount Everest, which if completed would be a new record depending on verification from Guinness World Records. The team of seven completed it in a time of two hours and 18 minutes for a total of 371 lengths.

Billingborough is an on-call retained fire station, so all its firefighters have other full-time jobs, including Peter Vince who is a registered care manager in Lincoln.

Peter was among those taking part and he told The Lincolnite: “Unbelievable amount of money raised as we didn’t think we’d get close to that and the total is still rising.

“I couldn’t have done it without my crew and we are very grateful for the village who turned up to support us on the day. We are hopeful we’ve got both world records and can’t wait to find out the result.”

Harvey Chessum, John Overton and Peter Vince working hard together to raise money for charity.

Michael Foster standing while fellow firefighter Peter Vince stops for water, and Emma Schofield and Dan Moss running hose.

Among those taking part in the challenge with Peter are Harvey Chessum, John Overton, Emma Schofield, Michael Foster, Danny Hill, as well as Dan Moss who is principal officer at Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue and a former retained firefighter at Billingborough.

All proceeds will be split evenly between The Fire Fighters Charity and LIVES.

The Firefighters Charity offer specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community. LIVES has a dedicated team of volunteers trained in life saving skills to respond to calls in their community.

Donate to the firefighters’ fundraiser here

Firefighters from Billingborough and the surrounding villages will take part in a fundraising challenge this weekend in a bid to earn two Guinness World Records.

Billingborough is an on-call retained fire station so all its firefighters have other full-time jobs, including Peter Vince who is a registered care manager in Lincoln. He will be among the firefighters taking part in the charity challenge at Billingborough Fire Station from 10am on Saturday, September 11 – the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The challenge will consist of running out lengths of 70mm hose (25 metres long) and rolling it up again. This will be the equivalent length of the height of Mount Everest – 8,849 metres, so 354 lengths of the 25 metre hose.

Peter Vince, who has been a firefighter at Billingborough Fire Station for four years, told The Lincolnite: “This will bring injured firefighters to the forefront of everyone’s minds again on this date, who will also be in our thoughts as we complete the charity challenge.

“We feel a bit nervous about the challenge, but we’ve all trained together and are also well up for it and excited.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to Phil at EV Prints Sleaford, who has kindly donated our printed t-shirts for the challenge.”

Among those taking part in the challenge with Peter are Harvey Chessum, Jonothan Overton, Emma Schofield, Michael Foster, Danny Hill and Dave Burns, as well as Dan Moss who is principal officer at Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue and a former retained firefighter at Billingborough.

Initially they were all going to complete the challenge in full kit, with four at a time taking part in the relay style event. However, due to health and safety and the recent warm weather, it has been advised to dress in just some of the fire kit.

The firefighters taking part have already applied to Guinness regarding the two records. After Saturday, they will submit footage to Guinness to be reviewed and then have to wait at least 12 weeks to get the result.

The two records are a speed challenge of how many lengths of hose can be rolled out and back up in an hour. This would be a new record attempt, but there is a benchmark set of 35.

The other record relates to rolling out hose lengths to the height of Mount Everest, which if completed would be a new record depending on verification from Guinness World Records.

All proceeds will be split evenly between The Fire Fighters Charity and LIVES.

The Firefighters Charity offer specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community. LIVES has a dedicated team of volunteers trained in life saving skills to respond to calls in their community.

Donate to the firefighters’ fundraiser here

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