Friday, 3 May 2013

Firefighters highlight road dangers to RAF cadets


East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service visited an RAF cadet camp in Crowborough to raise awareness of the dangers that young people face on the roads.

The team from the Service gave a video presentation on Sunday 28th April to highlight four common themes that contribute to road traffic collisions and fatal injuries – excessive speed, use of drugs and alcohol, use of mobile phones whilst driving and not wearing your seat belt. These are often referred to as the “fatal four”.

As part of this presentation, Watch Manager Bob Beard spoke about young people making lifestyle choices and the consequences of their actions before he spoke about his real life experiences when attending road traffic collisions, as well as how other emergency services respond at the scene. To add a sense of reality to this visit, the firefighters put on a display of what actions are taken to release a casualty from a vehicle.

Nineteen-year-old Cadet Warrant Officer, Coral Martin, from 2262 (Bexhill) Squadron played the role of the casualty whilst firefighters removed the roof of the vehicle with minimal disruption to the casualty’s fragile state. The demonstration was led by Watch Commander Tolkien with commentary provided by Group Manager Nigel Cusack. Footage of the demonstration can be viewed on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ESFRS

Station Manager Dan Channon from the Incident Reduction Team said: "This was a great opportunity for us to educate young people who are just starting to drive, especially as we approach the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.”

The United Nations Global Road Safety Week is being supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and has chosen 6-12 May as National Road Safety Week.

The themes of this campaign are:

·         Let’s Look out for each other (A Department for Transport cycle slogan which is applicable to young children/pedestrians)

·         Distraction to Destruction (young drivers and the impact on pedestrians)

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service personnel will be promoting the themes of this campaign at various locations across the county

For further information visit www.esfrs.org and click on the National Road Safety Week banner.

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