Firefighters gearing up to improve road safety in the community


Birmingham event to be held at Zia-UI-Qur’an Mosque in Alum Rock

FIREFIGHTERS from Ward End White Watch will join West Midlands Police, the NHS and other social service providers at a major community safety event this Friday (10 June), to highlight the consequences of irresponsible driving.

According to statistics for the financial year 2008-2009, four people were killed and 74 people sustained serious injuries on roads in and around Alum Rock, the area where the event is to be staged.

The main attraction will be an exercise by the Road Casualty Reduction Team (RTC(T)), at which members of the community will be able to see for themselves what happens when a casualty has to be rescued from a vehicle after collision.

Watch commander Ian Smith from Ward End fire station said: ”In the last three years there has been a significant increase in the number of RTCs in the area. We want to encourage safer driving and change people’s attitudes and behaviour on the roads so we can make West Midlands safer.

“The consequences of not wearing a seatbelt for example, can be devastating and people need to recognise their responsibilities on the road and act accordingly.”

The event will be held at the Zia-UI-Qur’an Mosque in Alum Rock. “The Mosque is a great location because we can capture a large number of people in one setting. We are particularly eager to get a message to the Asian community and we hope they will enjoy the afternoon and benefit from what they see”, added Ian.

During the afternoon there will be a number of demonstrations and displays including a chip pan fire safety feature. More than 10 partner agencies will also be on hand to offer advice and guidance on a range of safety, health and welfare issues.


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