HOLLINS Community Fire Cadets stepped in to add a dose of
realism to road traffic collision (RTC) training for firefghters
As part of the exercise the teenagers played casualties and were
given an insight into the importance of safe driving as fire crews
from Oldham and Chadderton joined firefighters at Hollins Fire
Station on Sunday, March 10, in training for the horrors of such
White Watch Manager Paul Anderson said: "Having Hollins Cadets
on hand made the training far more realistic by using live
casualties which allowed us to prepare for a real RTC in the best
and most realistic way possible.
"We used three training vehicles and the storyline was that the
driver of a moving car lost control and collided with a stationary
vehicle containing three passengers.
"As firefighters, sadly we can get called to RTCs containing
multiple casualties, and usually it's difficult to prepare and
train for that kind of incident, but the cadets were willing and
enthusiastic to help - despite the freezing temperatures - allowing
our crews to assess and interact with the casualties realistically
throughout the exercise."
As well as helping crews from across Oldham to train, the GMFRS
Community Fire Cadets got to experience how terrifying it can be to
be cut from the wreckage of a car crash by firefighters.
Cadet Molly Doyle, a 16-year-old pupil at Royton and Crompton
School, said: "It was great to be involved and help out, as GMFRS
cadets we love doing it, but it was also easy to see how scary it
would be in a real situation.
"When we arrived and saw the three cars it was a bit daunting, I
was told I'd be playing a casualty with a severe neck injury and it
was a bit traumatic even though I knew it was an exercise.
"The firefighters were great and were talking to me throughout,
asking how I was and reassuring me.
"I'll be learning to drive in the next couple of years and
taking part in the exercise has certainly made me think and be a
bit more road safety aware."
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