26 November 2015

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service was proud to attend Abbeyfield School in Northampton this week, where a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title was broken.

The international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty teamed up with Abbeyfield School to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most people wearing high-visibility vests. The previous record was 1475 people and this was beaten on Tuesday (November 24) with a new, winning total of 1543.

Road safety

The record breaking achievement was held to help raise the profile of this year’s national Road Safety Week (November 23-29), coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, to encourage grassroots action on road safety and raise awareness of the part everyone can play in preventing collisions on the road.

The record breakers included Balfour Beatty employees, Abbeyfield School students and staff, Balfour Beatty supply chain colleagues from A-Plant and Greenhams, members of Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and students and staff from Queen Eleanor Primary Academy in Northampton, who all gathered in their high visibility vests at Abbeyfield School.

As well as the record breaking event, Balfour Beatty hosted presentations on the importance of road safety, and a road safety signage competition for students with the winning signs to be used on Balfour Beatty sites.

Raising awareness

Dave Townsend, crew manager at Mereway Fire Station, said: “We came here to support activities and give the students a look around the fire appliances. At Mereway there is a technical rescue vehicle, and the main focus of our work is to deal with road traffic collisions, so it is very important for us to support this kind of education work when it comes to road safety.

"We also do a lot of school visits and educate pupils, not just about road safety, but also about fire safety in the home.”

The record breaking attempt was inspired by the memory of 13-year-old Sophie Bywaters, an Abbeyfield School student who was killed crossing the road whilst returning from a Youth Club in 2009.