Friday 14 December 2012
WorkStart students from the Department of Access and Progression invited one crew each from Falkirk and Larbert Fire Stations so they could highlight the damage done by dangerous and careless driving.
A car park in front of the main entrance took centre stage as the fire and rescue teams used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a car crash victim (Zoe Taylor – of Central Scotland Fire & Rescue’s Community Fire Safety Department) from a vehicle.
Students were also given the opportunity to wear beer goggles and attempt to control a remote control toy car to highlight the dangers of drink driving. An information stand in the college reception area provided more advice and tips to students.
Access and Progression lecturer Marguerite McCreath, said: “My students are currently looking at the work of the fire and rescue services in the Forth Valley area as part of their Citizenship unit. They were delighted the fire service accepted an invitation to come into the college and raise awareness of what they do, while highlighting road dangers and promoting fire safety to learners.
“I am sure my students - and the dozens and dozens of others who stopped as they entered the college to try the demos and watch the practise rescue - will have benefitted from watching the Fire Brigade in action.”
David Brawley from Central Scotland Fire & Rescue’s Community Fire Safety Department, a former FVC HND Sports Coaching and Development student, said: “Part of our remit is to engage with schools and youth groups in the Forth Valley area and it is great to be renewing our strong links with Forth Valley College, especially to promote road safety.
“Many students have either just started driving or are learning to drive and this demonstration today was the ideal way to get the message across to them about what can happen if people drink drive or drive carelessly or dangerously. This practise rescue was a very visual example of what can happen as a result of a crash.
“We are now looking forward to coming into the college classrooms in the future to spread the safety message to students and also visit FVC’s other campuses in Stirling and Alloa with similar demonstrations.”
Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Group Manager, Gordon Pryde, said “Every year people die on the roads of Scotland as a result of drink driving. Alcohol will affect your ability to drive putting not only your life at risk but that of your passengers and other road users. When planning a night out remember to ensure you can get home safely by identifying a designated driver, using public transport or booking a taxi. Please – Don’t drink and drive.”