Live Rescues On National Road Safety Day
Firefighters will be carrying out live rescues from vehicles across Merseyside as part of National Road Safety Day.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will host events across Merseyside on Friday, July 6 and will be cutting members of the public from cars in Liverpool City Centre.

Operational crews will be using cutting equipment to release members of the public who volunteer to act as casualties on the day. It is part of National Road Safety Day, organised by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA).

It will show how the emergency services and local authorities work together to protect and inform members of the community.

Road safety awareness advice will be handed out by MF&RS, Merseyside Police, North West Ambulance Service and Liverpool City Council Road Safety Team in the city centre.

Merseyside Police, North West Ambulance Service and Liverpool City Council will also be available to discuss The 20 Effect, a campaign launched to increase awareness about the dangers of driving at speed. The new 20mph scheme being introduced in Liverpool looks to work with communities in influencing behaviour change.

Church Street will be transformed into a crash scene and firefighters will show how they free people trapped in vehicles. The event will take place from 10am until 3pm.

An event will be held at ASDA car park on Breck Road, from 11am to 3pm, aimed at young people, which will show how speed, distractions and lifestyle choices can lead to collisions. The public will be invited to join in an interactive session on what causes collisions and will have the opportunity to win Liverpool FC and Everton FC prizes.

MF&RS will carry out live extrications at Tesco car park, in Kew, Southport, from 11am to 3pm. Sefton’s Community Prevention Team, will engage with the public. MF&RS and Merseyside Police also offer motorcycle safety advice.

The three emergency services will be Kirkby Town Centre, showing the public how they work together in the aftermath of a collision. Crews from Kirkby and Huyton, as well as Knowsley’s Road Safety Team, will also be involved in the event, which will take place from 1pm to 3pm.

In St Helens town centre, firefighters from St Helens and Eccleston will carry out live extrications from 10am to 2pm and will be joined by St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team in delivering safety messages.

Wallasey Community Fire Station is holding an open day on Sunday, July 8, where crews will engage with drivers and host a charity car wash. Firefighters from Wallasey and Birkenhead will show how crash victims are freed from cars.

Heswall Community Fire Station is also hosting an open day on Saturday, July 14, from midday until 4pm, which include a live extrication demonstration.

Watch Manager John Cousins, who has organised the events, said: “The demonstrations will be as real as possible and will offer an insight into how we help victims involved in collisions.

“In taking part, members of the public will be given the opportunity to experience how we deal with these incidents. It will hopefully educate people and help reduce the number of collisions on Merseyside’s roads.”

Phil Garrigan, MF&RS Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is now called to rescue more people from road traffic collisions than fires.

“As a result, our crews in Merseyside know better than anyone the devastating impact that such collisions can have on families and our communities and they have to deal with the aftermath of such incidents on a daily basis. This campaign is about raising awareness of the risks on our roads and encouraging people to drive more responsibly.”

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “The events for National Road Safety Day will graphically illustrate the need to drive responsibly. We are committed through The 20 Effect, to increase the number of roads in the city with a 20mph limit to 70 per cent over the next three years, and so reduce the number of road traffic collisions and the deaths and injuries that result.”

Last year around 40 Fire and Rescue Services took part in National Road Safety Day.

Recent government figures show 1,857 people were killed on UK roads in 2012 and a further 250,000 were injured. Department for Transport (DfT) research shows 85% of pedestrians who are hit at 40mph will be killed, compared to 45% at 30mph and 5% at 20mph.

The image shows fire crews at the National Road Safety Day demonstration last year


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