Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Sussex firefighters host National Road Safety Day

West and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Services are joining forces to lend their support to the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) National Road Safety Day this Friday (6th July). Fire crews will be engaging with members of the public at Madeira Drive, Brighton, to pass on key road safety messages, including – ‘Only a Fool Breaks the 2 Second Rule’.

Lee Howell, CFOA President said:

“I am delighted that CFOA is leading on this important road safety initiative. Despite the success over recent years in reducing the number of road traffic collisions (RTCs), there are still an average of 5 deaths and 65 serious injuries on the UK roads each day.”

Road Safety sits high on the agenda for all Fire & Rescue Services and, nationally, 25% of all service call-outs are to road traffic collisions.

Head of Community Safety for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, David Kemp, said:

“We fully support any initiative that will reduce the number of collisions across the county. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is committed to working with our partners to increase road safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“We participate in a number of schemes aimed at making our roads safer. For example, our ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ campaign targets young drivers, who are the highest risk group.

“We work with Sussex Police across the county and in Brighton & Hove to provide education and guidance to drivers stopped by the police for a number of offences, including using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seat belt, as an alternative to a prosecution.

“We are also aiming to change attitudes through education and our Education Officers visit schools in areas where there are a high number of collisions. For more information about our work in road safety, please visit our website.”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager for Prevention, Protection & Performance, Adrian Murphy, said:

“Almost everyday our fire crews deal with the traumatic aftermath of appalling road accidents that could have been prevented. As a result of this experience and our positive relationship with the public, the fire & rescue service is ideally placed to deliver road safety messages.

“It is our aim that through national events such as this and continued progressive work with other road safety partners we can promote safer driving habits and reduce the number of accidents on our roads.”

Friday’s event will include displays by firefighting crews from West and East Sussex demonstrating their skills in extricating casualties from a wrecked car. There will also be specialist appliances on show and road safety professionals on hand to chat informally to drivers about some of the issues that face todays’ road users.

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