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Emergency skills are tested by mock crash

SOLIHULL fire crews put their skills to the test this week - responding to a mock road traffic collision.

SOLIHULL fire crews put their skills to the test this week - responding to a mock road traffic collision.

A two-car smash, which also involved a motorcyclist, was recreated outside Solihull Fire Station.

Crews had to respond as they would in a real emergency, placing two of the casualties on spinal boards and cutting the roof off one of the vehicles.

Watching the training exercise were a group of students from Hazel Oak School, who had been invited to the station for a lesson in road safety.

Colin Deering, watch commander, said: “A lot of the teenagers from Hazel Oak are reaching the age when they’ll be learning to drive.

“The idea is to show them the consequence of dangerous driving and just how serious an accident like this would be. The teams were responding just as they would to a real crash.”

Steps were taken to make the 20 minute reconstruction as close to a genuine emergency as possible.

A couple of women from the fire service played the car drivers, while a dummy represented the stricken biker. Youngsters were also shown the tangled wreckage of a car which had been involved in a real life accident.

n To see our video of the fire crews in action, go to www.solihullnews.net.

 

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