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Festival of Rescue 2024

Hosted by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service

Event date: Thurs 26th to Sat 28th Sept 2024

Venue: Historic Dockyard Portsmouth


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The Festival of Rescue 2024 is going to be a fantastic occasion that everyone in attendance will remember for years to come. The scale and ambition of this two day showcase will be a lasting legacy for the South of England and our partners as this is one of the largest events of its type ever to be staged in the United Kingdom.

The focus of the festival is to celebrate the skills, dedication and devotion of our firefighting heroes, who put their lives on the line to keep the public safe from harm on a daily basis. It provides a national stage to shine a spotlight on to those specialist disciplines that prove critical during real life incidents and emergencies.

This promises to be an action packed programme for all of the family and will also provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the fire and rescue service from recruitment through to fire safety; and I can think of no better place in the world for the challenges to take place than at the historic dockyard of Portsmouth and its stunning surroundings and iconic buildings and features.

As the CFO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Rescue & Rescue Service as well as the Chair of the UKRO I am extremely proud and look forward to welcoming everyone to such a prestigious event.

As a charitable organisation UKRO (United Kingdom Rescue Organisation) prides itself in advancing professional rescue together through the direct benefits from the rescue challenge, education workshops and the UKRO Academy.

Neil Odin

Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service

Neil Odin


Register to compete or to attend a technical rescue workshop

Registration is open between 1 May 2024 and 30 June 2024.

Please read the guidance for registration

Visitors, residents, friends, family and colleagues will be cheering from the side lines as teams tackle the intense challenges put before them from the following categories:

Vehicle extrication, trauma care, cadet, rope rescue, water rescue challenges as well as a canine demonstration event.

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