Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Eastbourne firefighters go on air to highlight Road Safety Week

Eastbourne firefighters are joining forces with Eastbourne Youth Radio, Sussex Downs College and Shinewater Primary School to help make local roads and homes safer.

A special show will be broadcast at 4pm on Wednesday 19 November involving Sussex Downs College, focusing on road safety, followed by a second show at 10am on 20 November involving Shinewater Primary School  focused on fire safety. 

Sussex Downs College will also host a Safe Drive Stay Alive session at its Lewes campus on 20 November.

It marks national Brake Road Safety Week, which is being held during 17th – 23rd November 2014.

Dave Sheppard, Eastbourne Borough Commander for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Eastbourne fire crews are delighted to be supporting this important initiative at what is a really important stage in the lives of these young people. Firefighters are ideally placed to raise awareness about the devastation of road crashes and casualties.”

The Service is encouraging people to go onto Brake’s website to make a pledge to look out for each other:

About Eastbourne Youth Radio

Eastbourne Youth Radio 87.7 fm is a project involving hundreds of young people from across the Eastbourne area. The station will be on air from 10.00am on Wednesday 19th November until 4.00 pm on Friday 21st November. It will be broadcasting on a local FM frequency of 87.7 FM and worldwide via the internet. For more info

About Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the devastation of road crashes and casualties, and the part we can all play in making our roads and communities safer. It is coordinated annually by the charity Brake, and is now in its 18th year.

Head of Community Risk Management for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Neal Robinson, said: "East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service do a vital job in helping to protect the public on the roads. Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to join forces with our partner agencies, to engage with local communities and schools, and to get out there, be seen, and spread important road safety messages."

Philip Goose, Senior Community Engagement Officer for Brake, said: "Road safety is a critical issue for communities everywhere and Road Safety Week is a perfect opportunity for organisations, including fire services, to take action, raise awareness and make a difference and we are pleased to be working with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in promoting road safety awareness in its local community.”

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