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During the challenge each team has 30 minutes to progress as safely and effectively as possible in a fire scenario mocked up by the organisers. 
After collating the scenario information the teams have to devise a tactical plan and put it into action while experts follow their every move and assess their performance.

According to the organisers, incident command assessors will be looking for swift tactical decisions along with adaptability as conditions change. They will also be looking at fire scene safety, assessing crew briefings and communications.

BA teams will be judged on hose management, search methods, casualty handling, adapting and responding to changing conditions, vent strategies and safety.

As BA crew safety is each ECO’s main responsibility, board annotation skills and relevancy of briefings will be amongst those areas that will be under the spotlight. ECOs are the link between the BA teams and the OICs and could be the catalyst for tactical changes, so communication between all parties is closely monitored by the assessors. 

Fire ground/driver officers will be expected to undertake pump operator duties, set up casualty care areas, put cordons in place and making sure equipment for BA crews is at hand.

Trophies will be awarded for best overall team; runner-up team; best BA team; best ECO; best OIC; and best fire ground/driver.

The National BA Challenge is organised by an army of volunteers including fire officers from West Midlands, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Durham & Darlington, Warwickshire, Ministry of Defence and Hereford & Worcester.

This year’s challenge is once more sponsored by Drager who have supported the event from its inception, along with the Chief Fire officers Association and The Fire Fighters Charity. And of course, vital support comes from the Fire Service College whose excellent facilities are used.

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