Emergency service personnel have been working together to help deliver winter road safety messages to shoppers in Staffordshire.
"It is important that we ensure all partners involved with road traffic collisions work together quickly and efficiently and this event allowed us to practice and demonstrate that."
Watch Manager, Darren Smith
Community First Responders (CFRs) from the South Staffordshire First Responder group took part in a joint road traffic collision demonstration, organised by firefighters from Wombourne Community Fire Station.
The CFR group is made up of volunteers who have been trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in lifesaving techniques. They provide vital aid quickly to those living in remote rural locations, prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel.
The demonstration, which took part on Saturday 27th November, attracted a large amount of interest as emergency service personnel re-enacted a road traffic collision scene. CFR, Sandra Green, complete with ‘cuts and bruises’ makeup, acted as the unfortunate driver involved in the scenario whilst CFR’s Kevin Wright, Deb Whitehouse and Des O’Neill got hands on. Working alongside firefighters, the CFRs ensured the casualty’s c-spine was stabilised as the roof was removed and the casualty was extricated from the vehicle on a long board.
Talking about the event Kevin Wright, South Staffordshire First Responder said: "This was a great opportunity for us to show the public what we can do in these situations and how we can integrate with the other emergency services. It was also a superb opportunity for CFR’s to work alongside firefighters and I know we all gained a lot from the experience. Hopefully we added a degree of realism to the event for the public. I’d like to thank Darren Smith, Watch Manager at Wombourne and Mick Webb, Store Manager for allowing us to take part."
Watch Manager, Darren Smith continued: "The event was part of our winter safety campaign to help make Staffordshire’s roads safer. It is important that we ensure all partners involved with road traffic collisions work together quickly and efficiently and this event allowed us to practice and demonstrate that."
Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Mick Webb, concluded: "We are pleased to support both the local Fire Service and South Staffs Responders in delivering this road safety message to the public. There was a large amount of interest from our customers and I received a lot of positive comments following the demonstration."