About the Challenge

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Holmatro Rescue Experience: The 35,000 Euro Extrication Challenge is a premium 6-day event hosted at INTERSCHUTZ 2015 (Germany). 29 Teams from 16 different countries have shown their skills in realistic vehicle extrication scenarios using Holmatro rescue equipment.

The 3 winning teams are:

  1. BEST OVERALL TEAM: Meath County Fire and Rescue – Navan, Ireland
  2. BEST TECHNICAL TEAM: Bombers Generalitat Granollers – Granollers, Spain
  3. BEST TEAM SPIRIT: GER Rescue Ladies – Obertshausen, Germany

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Event highlights

  • From all registrations, a total of 29 teams from 16 different countries have been chosen at random to participate.
  • The participating¬†countries are: Poland, Hungary, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Brazil.
  • Each rescue team consists of 6 members each, including a team leader and a medic/first aider.
  • They are challenged to respond to a¬†unique 20-minute vehicle extrication scenario.
  • Supervised by¬†a group of experienced international assessors.
  • All cars used are new;¬†the perfect opportunity to practice on a¬†modern¬†vehicle.
  • The three winning teams are rewarded with fantastic prizes (rescue tool sets) with a total value of ‚ā¨ 35,000!
  • Each team receives free INTERSCHUTZ entrance tickets for two days, two copies of the new Holmatro training book ‚ÄėVehicle Extrication Techniques‚Äô and a video of their performance and a debrief by the assessors afterwards.
  • Each team will receive a Holmatro Equipment Familiarisation Training and a Masterclass on Practical Cutting Techniques before their challenge.
  • Teams may consist of Holmatro rescue equipment users or users of another brand.
  • All team members are Holmatro VIP guests on our booth in Hall 26 and in our outside event area.
  • The whole event is broadcasted LIVE by streaming video on the internet, so family, friends and colleagues at home can follow the teams during their challenge.


Besides the honour, the three winning teams are rewarded with fantastic prizes:extrication2

  1. BEST OVERALL TEAM: Holmatro Rescue Tool Set worth ‚ā¨ 20,000
  2. BEST TECHNICAL TEAM: Holmatro Rescue Tool Set worth ‚ā¨ 10,000
  3. BEST TEAM SPIRIT: Holmatro Rescue Tool Set worth ‚ā¨ 5,000

The perfect occasion for rescuers from all over the world to get hands on with the latest Holmatro tools on modern vehicles, while being our VIPs during the world’s leading rescue exhibition in Germany, INTERSCHUTZ 2015!


One team after another was challenged to respond to a unique 20-minute vehicle extrication scenario. The exact scenario, designed and supervised by the event organisation, was confidential up to the very start. Before getting hands-on with their scenario each team received a Holmatro Equipment Familiarisation Training by Holmatro instructors, including a Masterclass on Practical Cutting Techniques.

A group of international assessors observed each challenge and determined the overall event winners. Contestants were judged on their performance in command, medical and technical skills. Judging criteria include use of the Team Approach, use of techniques, medical assessment, victim handling, on-scene communication and general performance. And last but not least the overall team spirit was judged and rewarded!

Professional organisation

The people behind the Holmatro Rescue Experience are pure professionals. Each challenge is supervised by a group of experienced international assessors who will continuously monitor on-scene safety. Holmatro’s own Rescue Consultant, Ian Dunbar, is responsible for the overall organisation and set-up of the various extrication scenarios.