Port of Tilbury team qualify for UK First Aid champs

A TEAM from Forth Ports has qualified for the prestigious UK First Aid Championship ‘Grand Prior Trophy Competition’, taking place at Forest Pines Hotel North Lincolnshire on Friday 23 November 2012.

This prestigious UK First Aid Championship brings together the best first aid teams from across the UK. Taking part in the UK championship helps first aiders maintain their essential first aid skills so they are confident and ready in case of an emergency.

The Forth Ports team, which is made up of two representatives from the Port of Tilbury and one from the Port of Grangemouth, won their spot in the final competition via a national elimination event approved by St John Ambulance in October. The team achieved second place in the National Industrial First Aid Competition elimination event, securing their place in the ‘Grand Prior Trophy Competition’. Overall First went to the ABP Ipswich A team.

Introducing the Forth Ports team:

Brian Bass, who is a supervisor in the Enterprise Distribution Centre at the Port of Tilbury and who achieved the Top Individual Score at the elimination round, the National Industrial First Aid Competition;

Mark Digby, an operative in Conventional Asset at the Port of Tilbury;

Jim Rutherford, was the team reserve, and is Lockside Foreman at the Port of Grangemouth as well as being the Scottish Operation First Aid Instructor.

The Forth Ports team will compete against 24 other first aid teams to win the coveted Knight On Horseback Award.

Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports, owners of the Port of Tilbury, said: “I am incredibly proud of the Forth Ports team, which has demonstrated their commitment and confidence in essential first aid skills to qualify for this prestigious competition. Health and safety is a priority for Forth Ports and for our first aiders to be recognised for their skills in this area is testament to theirs and the business’ commitment. I wish them the best of luck for the Grand Prior Trophy Competition.”

Mark Digby, Port of Tilbury First Aider, said: “We’re pleased to be recognised for our efforts and commitment to first aid, health and safety and look forward to competing at the Grand Prior Trophy Competition. First aid remains an incredibly important part of our duties and we take it very seriously. We very much hope to bring a trophy back to the port!”

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