Students on road to safety

A shocking multi-vehicle crash scene and a live demonstration of our rescue procedures, including the extrication of crash ‘victims’ from the vehicles using specialist cutting equipment, were staged at Coventry University.



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Published on 6 November 2019

A shocking multi-vehicle crash scene and our response were staged at Coventry University as a dramatic reminder of the importance of road safety.

The event involved a live demonstration of rescue procedures, including the extrication of crash ‘victims’ from the vehicles using specialist cutting equipment.The fake crash was staged outside the university’s Alison Gingell and John Laing buildings, where our crews were on hand to discuss the importance of driver and passenger safety with students and members of the public. Visitors were also invited to experience how collisions can unfold and their devastating impact using virtual reality headsets.

West Midlands Police promoted pedestrian safety, while the university’s Protection Service was on hand to advise students about general safety, both on- and off-campus.Visitors interested in fire service careers could speak to the WMFS recruitment team. Those interested in careers in emergency management, public safety and crowd management were invited to find out about undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses available at the university. Lecturers from these courses played ‘victims’ in the casualty extrication demonstration.

Emma Parkinson, Course Director for Emergency Management at Coventry University, said: “The university and its Emergency Management Department were excited to work closely with West Midlands Fire Service on this event. It is vital that the message of staying safe on the road, whether as a driver or as a pedestrian, is well communicated and understood by young people and the wider community, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

“The demonstration provided a realistic insight into the impact of not taking enough care, and the devastating consequences that can have on the lives of those involved. It’s fantastic that our students could get up-close and involved in learning what a real emergency response looks like.”

Samantha Lewis, Station Commander at Coventry fire station, said: “This was a valuable opportunity for West Midlands Fire Service to work with Coventry University students and develop their understanding of road safety.

“We know that drivers aged 24 and younger are at a much higher risk of having an accident. Drivers aged 17 to 19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders but are involved as drivers in nine per cent of fatal and serious collisions.

“Although we staged a fake multi-vehicle collision, we also focused on pedestrian safety. We know that a mobile phone user deep in conversation as they cross the street is generally more at risk than other pedestrians.

“The event also gave anyone looking to join the fire service the opportunity to find out more about the fantastic career opportunities open to them.”