Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Hard-hitting road safety messages delivered to Colchester Garrison Troops

Over 300 soldiers at Colchester Garrison have spent time with Essex County Fire and Rescue's Road Safety team to address the fact they fall into a high-risk category when driving.

Essex County Fire and Rescue's Road Safety team hosted the event at Merville Barracks which gave an insight into the repercussions of dangerous driving.

Soilders watched a road traffic collision extrication demonstration by firefighters and tested out the virtual reality headsets and drink driving goggles in the Service’s Community Wheels vehicle, as well as see the new FireCar, Fire Bikes and talk to the Road Safety Team.

Watch Manager Gavin Ellis said: "The event was organised to raise road safety awareness to soldiers returning from duty to give the troops an understanding of what impact their behaviour on the road can have on other road users.

"A hard-hitting safety presentation was given to over 300 hundred military personnel as studies show soldiers fall into a high-risk category when driving - mostly associated with returning from duty abroad and coming back to civilian life thinking they are invisible, it was about educating them to adjust their driving to their environment, and to drive safely out on the roads of Essex and the across the country.”

“During the event the new Audi S3 FireCar was officially handed over to the ECFRS Road Safety Team by Darren Thompson, Head of Business at Essex Audi. The new FireCar was then on show at the barracks and was used to engage and raise further road safety awareness.

“We will make excellent use of this new FireCar, which will be at a number of events across the county to help us to spread road safety messages and advice to as many drivers as possible.”

The Road Safety team were joined by their colleagues from the Fire Bike team to highlight the dangers of irresponsible and careless riding.

Gavin added:“Thanks to the Wivenhoe and Colchester firefighters who provided a road traffic collision extrication demonstration, using hydraulic cutting equipment, to release casualties following a road traffic collision.”


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