CLEARWATER — Firefighters and emergency responders from 20 countries are participating in mock rescue scenarios during the World Rescue Challenge this week.
Twenty-eight teams are competing in 20 different scenarios each day that require them to extricate mock victims from wreckage and treat traumatic injuries. Three teams are from Florida: St. Petersburg, Englewood and Miami-Dade.
This is the first time the North American Vehicle Rescue Association has held the event, which began Wednesday, in the United States. The action is happening in downtown Clearwater, at Coachman Park and the Harborview Center.
Saturday, the final day of the challenge, will also include safety demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team and Clearwater Fire & Rescue.
The competition is free and open to the public.
For information, go to www.navraus.org/2013-world-rescue-challenge.