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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Youth Roadshow Raises Opportunity

Newcastle firefighters are supporting a drive to boost the aspirations of young parents and teenagers.

Firefighters will be at the Salvation Army Community Centre on Brick Kiln Lane in Chesterton on Friday, February 19th, for a Young People's Roadshow.

"There will be a special demonstration area where we will ask people to drive a small radio-controlled car around a deliberately marked course wearing a pair of ‘beer goggles’ to simulate the effect of driving under the influence of alcohol."

Allison Thomas, Risk Reduction Officer

Targeting 15 to 25-year-olds, the event will feature a display and demonstration on fire and road safety.

Supported by Chesterton Community and Learning Partnership and North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, the roadshow runs from 11am to 3pm.

It aims to raise awareness of opportunities which exist for young people in the local community.

Risk Reduction Officer at Newcastle Fire Station, Allison Thomas, said: "Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is grateful for having this opportunity to discuss both road safety and fire safety with young people in the area.

"There will be a special demonstration area where we will ask people to drive a small radio-controlled car around a deliberately marked course.

"They will then be asked to do repeat their effort wearing a pair of 'beer goggles' to simulate the effect of driving under the influence of alcohol.

"We will also have a display stand where we can talk to people about fire and road safety handing out information and advice on what they should be doing to stay safe in the home and behind the wheel."