Lewes firefighters have invited local driving instructors to experience first-hand what it is like to be rescued from a car after a collision.
Eight instructors are due to come to Lewes community Fire Station on 18 November 2014. They will be asked to sit inside a car while firefighters use cutting equipment to safely rescue them.
Firefighter Joe McDonald has helped organise the event and said: “This is a valuable opportunity for us to reach people who are teaching the next generation of drivers. They will be able to describe to their pupils the experience of being rescued.
Road traffic collisions are distressing for the people involved anyway. But what many people don’t realise is the time it takes to remove someone safely. There’s also a lot of noise and the situation becomes even more complicated if the casualty needs urgent medical treatment too.”
Garry Collins, Lewes Borough Commander, said: “Road safety is a priority for us. We are working to reach all road users and pedestrians, to inform and educate our local communities on the dangers of local roads.”
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The event has been organised as part of national Brake Road Safety Week (17th – 23rd November 2014) - the UK's biggest road safety event.
Head of Community Risk Management for the Service Neal Robinson, added:
"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. Fire fighters are ideally placed to raise awareness about the devastation of road crashes and casualties 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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