BOMBALA Fire Station, supported by police and ambulance, would like to thank Bombala High School for the opportunity to visit and present the NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) road safety education initiative, RescuED.
The aim of the program is to reduce the frequency and severity of the tragedy and trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents of young people either as drivers or passengers.
The innovative accident prevention program for young people in high school was supervised by Station Commander Terry Lomas.
During the demonstration of a motor vehicle rescue, there was active discussion between students and fire officers of the causes and consequences of road accidents and the steps students can take to reduce the chance of being involved in one.
Discussion included ‘Cause, consequence and Risk Reduction’ such as contributing factors that may lead to a road traffic accident, issues for firefighters and emergency services who attend the scene of a road traffic accident, as well as drugs, alcohol and speed contribution to road traffic accidents.
The rescue extrication demonstration, include the role of emergency services in a motor traffic accident, techniques used during a rescue and complications in extricating someone from a motor vehicle.
We believe the RescuEd program will have a powerful impact on teenagers because they learn about the tragic consequences of road accidents from fire officers who have first-hand experience rescuing young people.
Based on NSW Transport Authority statistics on fatalities, young people under the age of 25 make up 25 per cent while 70 per cent are male.
It is about encouraging respect for the road and responsible behaviour behind the wheel as driver and passenger.
We would like to also personally thank Mike Cottrell for collecting and transporting the motor vehicle used in the Rescue Ed presentation.
Thanks also to the others in our local community that assisted us in sourcing the vehicle.
- Malcolm Lavender