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Posted: 22/03/16

Engineering students first on the scene at RTC

A fire crew and paramedics were on site at West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield last week.

  • The fire crew and paramedics showed how they work together to save lives
  • The fire crew demonstrated their powered cutting equipment used in RTCs
  • The first mock scenario featured a pedestrian who had been knocked over by a car
  • The second scenario featured two cars with a fatality and injured passengers

The Green Watch crew from Ashfield fire station, worked hard to rescue casualties from two incidents involving cars, passengers and pedestrians, with staff and students as casualties. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the incidents on Friday (18 March), as it was in the name of road safety awareness during a session delivered by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

Throughout the mock road traffic accident, students from engineering programmes were able to watch the scenarios unfold in the car workshop area of the state-of-the-art campus.

Crew Manager from NFRS, Jon Howard gave advice to students on the implications of the ‘fatal four’, driving without wearing a seatbelt, speeding, getting distracted whilst driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He spoke about the statistics of young drivers and how those aged 17 to 24 are seven times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident.

Students Darren Brittlebank, Simon Wicks and Brogan Henson, all 17, and tutor Andy Ryan, played the parts of driver and passengers in the accident vehicles while fire and rescue crews showed the crowds of students how quickly and effectively they have to respond when cutting victims free from wreckage.

Mathew Dakin said: “Today’s mock RTC was very beneficial for our students to witness. As young drivers and passengers themselves, it highlighted the very real dangers on the roads.

“The scenarios were incredibly realistic and we could all see first-hand just how the fire and paramedic crews have to respond professionally each day.”