09 June 2014

Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service will be joining other fire and rescue services across the country for a national week of activity promoting road safety to local communities.

UK Road Safety Week

The overarching message of this year’s UK Road Safety Week is: ‘Be Safe Out There’ and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the week through various road safety educational and community engagement activities.

The week of action opens with a joint training day alongside paramedic students for the purpose of dealing with incidents involving road traffic collisions. Within the training is a presentation referring to road safety awareness owing to the additional pressures along with responsibilities imposed when responding.

Firefighters from Daventry Fire Station will be working alongside Northamptonshire Police providing expert advice on keeping roads safe to members of the public. Fire and rescue service personnel also will be delivering road safety presentations to 6th form students.

The week concludes with a day’s practical and theoretical session by the county’s Bike Safe Team comprising both Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service aimed at safer riding and how to react and keep safe if first on the scene of an accident.

During the week, fire and rescue services across the UK will be working to get road safety messages across to all road users and in particular to pedestrians, young drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Deaths and injuries on the road affect not just the individual – the lives of families can be destroyed by losing a loved one, or changed forever by having to care for a family member with life-changing injuries.

Who is involved?

As well as the fire and rescue service, Road Safety Week involves a number of local partners including Northamptonshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service. The week is also being supported by national partners including the Highways Agency, Department for Transport (DfT), Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Brake, Road Safety GB, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), RoadSafe, Tyresafe, Living Streets, the RAC Foundation and the MAG Foundation.

Paul Fuller, President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “We know that the Fire and Rescue Service has already helped to improve road safety, through targeted local educational programmes, and that Fire and Rescue Services are world leaders in casualty care and extrication techniques after Road Traffic Collisions. This week of events and activities will allow us to engage with partners and our local communities to work towards our ultimate goal of zero deaths and reduced injuries on UK Roads.”

Martyn Emberson, Chief Fire Officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "At this time of year we all want to be enjoying the great outdoors. We all hope for warm days and evenings which then provide great opportunities to be active outside on either your bike, cycling, running, walking, or on your horse. Whatever you do to enjoy the outdoors, ensure you have the correct equipment, it's checked and fit for use and you can see and be seen."

Mike Johnson, Safer Roads Team Manager for Northamptonshire Police said: "In 2013, pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists accounted for 49% of those tragically killed or seriously injured on the county's roads. Whether you are commuting or enjoying your recreational time on the county's roads, please be mindful of each other, give space, time and courtesy to all road users, bigger or smaller than you, so that we can all 'Be Safe Out There'.