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11 dramatic pictures as the Festival of Rescue kicks off on Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside

The event sees teams battling it out to in five key disciplines in a bid to be crowned the very best in their field

Firefighters from across the country have descended on the Quayside to take part in a series of dramatic life-saving challenges.

Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside is playing host to the two-day Festival of Rescue with 68 teams battling it out in five key disciplines in a bid to be crowned the very best in their field - including one from Luxemburg.

The lifesaving tasks which are being carried out are vehicle extrication, trauma care, urban search and rescue, rope rescue and water rescue.

The festival sites took over Newcastle Quayside; Spillers Wharf; Baltic Square and Baltic Mill between 8am and 5pm on Friday.

Teams could be seen carrying out rope rescues from the Millennium Bridge, the top of the Baltic art gallery and down the embankment beside The Sage.

Crews were also taking part in safely extracting people trapped inside a vehicle in a simulated road crash.

Spectators were wowed as they were able to watch competitors display their skills from both banks of the river.

Saturday will see promise even more action with the water rescue challenge coming to the River Tyne following the first day at the Tees Barrage in Tees Valley.

Here are 11 pictures from day one of the Festival of Rescue on the Quayside.

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