Firefighters stage school ‘rescue’

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Firefighters performed a rescue demonstration following a mock car crash at a St Helens school.

Sixth formers at Cowley International College were given a Suddenly From Nowhere presentation to educate them on the dangers of drink driving, distractions and not wearing seatbelts.

Two of the students acted as casualties who were freed from a car during a simulated rescue in the grounds of the Hard Lane school.

Media students from the college also filmed the demonstration for a production on road safety.

The event was organized as part of Brake Road Safety Week, which is aimed at encouraging people to “look out for each other” on the roads.

Local firefighters rescue more people from road collisions than house fires each year.

Firefighter Kirsty Hornby, from Eccleston Community Fire Station, said: “Events like this are very important in educating young people who are at the age where they may be taking their driving test or thinking about getting a car for the first time.”

Andrew Potter, of Cowley International College, said: “As recent tragedies have sadly reminded us, road safety is a year-round challenge for every single road user.

“The hard-hitting demonstration brought home the reality of how lives can be destroyed within seconds as the result of a road collision,” he added.