ENGLEWOOD, Fla.--Englewood Fire Department's Extrication Team is one of the best in the country. In a few weeks, the team will travel to England to try to prove they're the best in the world.
WINK News got an exclusive look Wednesday of the team of six in action. They cut through cars to rescue drivers when minutes count.
They'll show off those skills at the 2014 World Rescue Challenge in October.
"They look at the safety aspect of it, how they work together as a team, how they operate the tools," Chief Scott Lane said.
The first hour, often called "the golden hour," is the most critical time to get an injured person to the hospital. When WINK News reporter Morgan Frances volunteered to be a practice victim, it took the team less than five minutes.
A total of 33 teams are scheduled to compete in the World Rescue Challenge. Bragging rights are at stake, along with invaluable skills. When the Englewood team leaves England, they'll bring back skills they've learned from dozens of teams from around the globe.
Firefighters are working to raise $10,000 to cover their airfare, lodging, and transportation. To donate, click here.