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Crews carry out dramatic extrication demonstration

04/03/2015

Tamworth Community Fire Station

Firefighters will be carrying out a dramatic extrication demonstration to highlight the potential consequences young drivers face if they do not follow the rules of the road.

"The aim of this extrication demonstration is to enable the young people to experience, to a degree, what it feels like to be released from a vehicle after it has been involved in a collision. It can be quite shocking, particularly for those who have been freed from the cars, and it makes a big impact, with potentially life-saving effects, on those involved." 

Community Safety Officer/Firefighter Phil Mulligan

Around 20 young people, aged between 18 and 21, will be attending the session at Tamworth Community Fire Station on Thursday, March 5.

Two cars which have previously been involved in real RTCs will be arranged to replicate the aftermath of an incident with one car on its roof and the other on its side. Six of the visitors will be placed in the vehicles, at the lowest possible level, while the crew release them using specialist hydraulic cutting equipment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service will support the event, providing information on the role of paramedics following an RTC and teaching first aid and life skills.

Representatives from both of the emergency services will give talks to the attendees who have been referred by NACRO Tamworth, a facility which provides alternative education provision for young people who have become disengaged.

Community Safety Officer/Firefighter Phil Mulligan, who has organised the event, said: "Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country and, working with our partners, we have achieved a steady decrease in the number of incidents we have been called out to over the years.

"However, every incident is one too many and we are determined to highlight the very real risks that young people can face if they don’t take the responsibility of driving seriously. Some students recently told me they, or their friends, speed, don’t wear seatbelts and use their mobile phones while they are behind the wheel.

"The aim of this extrication demonstration is to enable the young people to experience, to a degree, what it feels like to be released from a vehicle after it has been involved in a collision. It can be quite shocking, particularly for those who have been freed from the cars, and it makes a big impact, with potentially life-saving effects, on those involved."

West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic Rachael Graffy said: "This is a great opportunity to provide both road safety education to the youngsters and for the emergency services to demonstrate each of their roles at such incidents.

"During the event the ambulance service will also provide a HeartStart course to the participants. The short course covers a variety of first aid life skills including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, chocking and chest pain."