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On September 27th 2018, The United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge crosses Severn Bridge into the dragon’s lair of south Wales.

The event, running until 29th September at Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay, is a chance for emergency services personnel to share techniques across all rescue disciplines:


• Vehicle extrication
• Trauma care
• Rope rescue
• Water rescue

SWFRS Rescue Teams have had a long and successful history in competing at regional, national and world level; with the Bridgend Extrication Team currently being crowned world and UK champions in 2016 and 2017.


UKRO is a charitable organisation, which aims to drive the national agenda on road death reduction, by pushing vehicle extrication to its professional pinnacle and showcasing other rescue disciplines.


The Challenge is a prestigious, annual event, which has greatly assisted in the improvement of rescue standards and technical skills within fire and medical professionals. The 2018 Cardiff Challenge will also bring added value for competitors and attending Service personnel with a comprehensive suite of education workshops and training events. It also presents a chance to engage with our communities and share key safety messages.


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is proud to host the UKRO Challenge 2018 and we look forward to welcoming teams from across the country.

About the venue

Roald Dahl Plass, named after the much-loved children’s author, is in the heart of Cardiff Bay and home of The Senedd (Welsh Assembly building) and prestigious performing arts venue, the Wales Millennium Centre.


Surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops, this once thriving coal port, turned amphitheatre, lends itself as the perfect host for a variety of events including the UEFA Champions League Final 2017 Supporters’ Village and UKRO Challenge 2018.

For further information please click on the links below

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