Crews rescue 23,600 from crashes
Firefighters in England rescued six times more people from road crashes than house fires over the last three years, figures have revealed.
In the three years ending March 2012, about 23,600 people were rescued by fire and rescue services in England following crashes on the road.
During the same period, about 3,600 were rescued from accidental house fires.
The rounded figures were obtained from the Department for Communities and Local Government and were released to mark the start of the United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013, being held in Liverpool this weekend.
Teams from 39 fire and rescue services across the UK, including London, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Scotland, are taking part.
In total 600 competitors are expected at the event staged by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, working with the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO).
The range of challenges this year includes rope rescue, casualty management/trauma care, extrication/vehicle rescue, water rescue and urban search and rescue (USAR).
Four teams from outside the UK are also displaying their skills during the two days, from Spain, Turkey, Macedonia and Austria.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service chief fire officer Dan Stephens said: "The United Kingdom Rescue Challenge 2013 shows the public exactly the range of equipment and capabilities as well as how highly skilled firefighters and search and rescue technicians are in modern fire and rescue services in the UK."
He added: "It promises to be a fantastic event on July 5 and July 6 in a great location and the public are welcome to watch the drama and excitement unfold for free."