A PAIR of Cornish firemen are travelling to Florida next week to represent the UK.
Stephen Miles and Chris Williams, who are both on call firefighters and emergency co-responders from St Mawes and Mullion Community Fire Stations, will compete against other trauma technicians from all over the world in a bid to be world champions.
They have earned their place in this year’s World Rescue Organisation Trauma Challenge by finishing tenth overall in last year’s competition, which was staged in London.
This year they have competed both regionally and nationally being placed third and sixth respectively.
The trauma challenge involves the team dealing with medical emergencies and administering life-saving aid to many casualties.
Mr Miles and Mr Williams are part of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s extrication team, captained by Robert Martin from Camborne Fire Station.
Fire service manager Richard Gibbons said team have worked hard this year helping to raise funds to support the trip to Florida
He said: “Fund raising for the trip has been a challenge and has only been achieved thanks to very generous support from businesses.
He thanked the sponsors Flambards, the Heslton branch of Travis Perkins, Simms Scrap Metals in Camborne and South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
In particular, he thanked the managing director of Flambards, James Hale, and Pete Slinn and Julian Curnow from Travis Perkins Helston.
Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown added: “I wish our Cornish contingent every success on the world stage. This is a great example of the breadth of tasks efficiently delivered by our fire fighters in the name of community safety.”