Road safety

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are supporting Think Bike Week

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Fire and Rescue Services across the country will be working in partnership with more than 40 other agencies to spearhead a motorcycle safety campaign this spring.

Think Bike Week is aimed at motorcyclists nationally and will highlight key safety messages, including the importance of bike maintenance and the wearing of proper riding kit. Riders will also be encouraged to ‘brush up’ their riding skills at a time when many will be returning to riding after a significant break. The campaign will run from 23rd April – 3rd May.

Driver thanks on-call crews for rescue from near fatal crash

Young adult, survives near-fatal injuries after accident on *one of the most dangerous roads in the UK.

  • 22-year-old male driver allegedly lost control of vehicle due to mud on the A53 between Loggerheads and Market Drayton

  • The driver faced 14 hours of surgery and walked out of hospital on his 22nd birthday, just 10 days after the accident

  • Driver was a well-known member of the community to the on-call crew that rescued him

Fire Service hosts Facebook live vehicle rescue

To highlight the dangers of winter driving, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a live Facebook casualty rescue known as an ‘extrication’.

  • Almost a third of all collisions in Shropshire (in 2019) ended in death or serious injury
  • Long-term emotional impact of RTCs can devastate families 
  • Facebook audience invited to submit questions live to fire crew

Ready Willing and Able to go extra mile to support their communities

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is taking part in the National Fire Chiefs Council’s  (NFCC) "Ready Willing and Able" campaign which launches today (April 15 l) which will show how fire and rescue services in the UK are going the extra mile to protect and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters and support staff across Shropshire will be sharing stories on social media about how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help, in response to the national crisis.

Firefighters Support Bike4Life Campaign

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Bike4Life campaign with firefighters joining the convoy of thousands of motorbikes as it weaves its way through the county on Sunday, April 22.

The annual event is the largest motorcycle gathering in the country which raises funds for the Air Ambulance when an estimated 12,000 riders will take part in a 23 mile ride from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford via the M54 in Telford.

Shrewsbury fire station’s Watch Manager Paul Gray and Crew Manager Rich Meadows, both experienced motorcyclists, will be with the convoy on its route.

Fire Stations Fight Back

 

Firefighters are fighting back after “despicable” thieves put lives at risk by stealing lifesaving equipment from county fire stations.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has called in SmartWater, the successful crime deterrent and “thief catcher,” to protect equipment from further raids in all 23 Shropshire fire stations.

Safety Messages at the Petrol Pumps

 

Lifesaving messages are to be emblazoned on petrol pumps to remind Shropshire drivers about fire prevention and road safety.

Busy petrol forecourts in Shrewsbury and Telford will have vivid adverts displayed about the importance of regular smoke alarm checks and to remind motorists to be aware of vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians especially during the dark wintry months.

Shropshire's High Sheriff in Mock Car Rescue

 

Shropshire’s immaculately dressed High Sheriff swapped her refinery for fire kit and safety goggles to be “rescued” from a crashed car by firefighters.

Christine Holmes climbed into the front seat of a scrap 14-year-old grey Suzuki car ready for six firefighters from Green Watch at Shrewsbury Fire Station to practise a rescue.

The high profile road collision “victim” was in the driving seat to see at first hand how firefighters regularly free victims of county road crashes from their wrecked vehicles.

Road Safety Demo For Lord Digby Jones

 

Lord Digby Jones keenly watched Shropshire firefighters as they professionally freed a driver “trapped” in the wreckage of a car in a road safety demonstration in the county.

He later sat inside the car, which had its roof removed, for photos to help publicise the campaign to raise awareness about road safety for business drivers.

The road safety event was organised by the TTC Group in Telford which educates 320,000 road users each year.

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