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Vimpex Supports New World Extrication Champions ‘Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service’ At Rescue Challenge Competition
Vimpex Supports New World Extrication Champions ‘Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service’ At Rescue Challenge Competition

Vimpex supplied Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service with equipment and resources during training Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned World Extrication Champions at the world’s biggest rescue challenge competition. The 16th World Rescue Challenge, which was hosted by The Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, saw teams taking part in a number of multi-vehicle road traffic collision scenarios where casualties needed rescuing - some of which had deteriorating conditions. They also had to show experience of using all types of rescue equipment used in extrications. Vimpex, the specialist supplier of emergency services equipment for 20 years, are delighted once again to have supported the world champions with supply of equipment and resources during training and the event itself. The team used the popular Pacific A7A helmet and Vimpex extrication gloves as well as Makita rescue tools - all supplied by Vimpex. Hampshire’s Extrication Team Leader Lee Havey, who took the title of Best Overall World Extrication Team Leader, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to take away the winner's title from the World Extrication Challenge. We are very confident in our firefighters’ abilities when they attend road traffic collisions and now that we have been crowned world champions, it just shows that what we do, we do very well.” Vimpex has worked with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for several years; supplying their innovative USAR team with the Ogura battery powered hydraulic rescue tools as well as supporting their various extrication teams - who are current UK champions and have previously held the winner’s trophy at the World and European championships during the team's 28 year history.  Vimpex’s established portfolio of products and equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers includes Paratech’s range of stabilisation, air lifting and forcible entry kit; FX-1 Max firefighting gloves; TNT hydraulic rescue tools; Ogura battery powered hydraulics; Pacific paramedic, rescue & firefighting helmets and ISG thermal imaging cameras.

Vimpex Joins Paratech As Its UK Distributor
Vimpex Joins Paratech As Its UK Distributor

Vimpex commits to Paratech by investing in stock, spares and repair/maintenance training Vimpex's reputation as an established and respected supplier to the Emergency Services is significantly reinforced by the company's appointment as exclusive UK distributor for Paratech Inc. Paratech's USAR, Shoring & Marine Damage Control Strut Systems, Vehicle Stabilisation Tools, Maxiforce Airlifting Bags, Leak Sealing Equipment and Forcible Entry Hand Tools have been in use in the UK for over twenty years. A series of planned regional demo events will allow existing users to see the many add-ons and accessories, which for a small investment, can completely transform existing equipment and significantly enhance technical rescue capabilities. Vimpex is committing to Paratech by investment in stock, spares and repair/maintenance training to ensure that service levels and support for the Paratech range is better than ever before. Those involved in extrication will be particularly interested in the new Paratech Vehicle Stabilisation system, which is literally head and shoulders above the competition in its ability to not only stabilise, but also lift and secure heavy vehicles. The system can manage loads up to 9 tonnes even at full extension and has a unique 5 year warranty. The equipment has been designed to overcome all of the shortcomings of competitive products. Other extrication products include Paratech's Maxiforce Air Lifting Bags that with their three layer, fully wrapped Kevlar lining are undoubtedly the safest and most durable available. Vimpex's selection by Paratech bolsters their range of rescue products and comes very soon after Vimpex's announcement as UK supplier of ISG Infrasys Thermal Imaging Cameras.

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