UAE Rescue Challenge held in Dubai
The UAE Rescue Challenge, hosted by Dubai Police, was held at Al Ruwayaa Training City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 18 to 20 February 2020. The three-day event, held in cooperation with the World Rescue Organisation (WRO), was aimed at engaging and gathering national teams in search, rescue and ambulance from the seven emirates to spread the spirit of solidarity, collaboration and respect as well as providing a competitive atmosphere. According to Brigadier Dr Muhammad Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of Transport and Rescue at Dubai Police, the competition is a way to familiarise the force with allocation facilities and latest modern fixtures and equipment available. Thirteen teams from the police force, paramedics and civil defence participated in the challenge.
The challenge was divided into two competitions namely the Standard Rescue Challenge, which is a casualty-centred rescue operation and the Complex Rescue Challenge that requires participating teams to demonstrate a broader range of road rescue skills.
For the first ever United Arab Emirates Rescue Challenge assessors from the WRO were invited to assess the challenge. Kevin Lennon, director of operations for the WRO, was the lead assessor and assessed Incident Command. Joao Carolino form Portugal, Clare Langshaw from the United Kingdom and Julius Fleischman from South Africa assessed medical. Declan Cassidy and Ray Martin from Ireland assessed technical. Ian Marritt from United Kingdom was the second Command assessor. Rui Santos from Portugal was the Pit Boss in charge of logistics and all the scenario design and setup. “WRO members represented were South Africa, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal. This was the first training and challenge supported by the WRO and we are hopeful that the UAE will move the rescue challenge forward within region”, said WRO’s Cameron Black.
His Excellency Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, highlighted that the UAE Rescue Challenge and the accompanying exhibition provided a solid platform for UAE rescue professionals and experts. As it offers an in-depth insight into innovations, most prominent technologies and equipment that enhance the development of mechanisms of operations for rescue squads and ambulance units. UAE Rescue Challenge is more than just a challenge. It’s an opportunity for national rescue and search units to strengthen the spirit of solidarity, collaboration and demonstrate the high level of professionalism in various scenarios.
First: Dubai Police Search and Rescue (Team B)
Second: Sharjah Police
Third: Dubai Police (Team A)
His Excellency Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, crowned the Dubai Police team “B” from the Search and Rescue Department at Dubai Police, champions of the UAE Rescue Challenge. The Dubai Police team “B” achieved the highest overall score throughout the three-day championship, while Sharjah Police team came second and Dubai Police team “A” finished third. The winning teams, organising committee, as well as partners were honoured during a ceremony that was held in the presence of Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police and a number of Dubai Police senior officials.
We congratulate the all competitors in the UAE Rescue Challenge, especially the winners for their great achievement. Also to our very own Julius Fleischman of the South African Medical Rescue Organisation (SAMRO) who was chosen as a WRO assessor for the event.
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