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Chesterfield College Uniformed Public Service Students To Organise Road Safety Event


In collaboration with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS), Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students from Chesterfield College will be gaining experience of running a community safety event and highlighting the importance of road safety to fellow students, when they host a Dying2Drive* road safety event on Friday 24 March 2017.

The event, which will take place from 11:00am outside Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road, will give students the chance to witness first-hand the full consequences of a road traffic collision (RTC) as DFRS, Derbyshire police and college students come together to replicate the response to an RTC. The event sees a collaboration between the college, DFRS and Derbyshire Constabulary as they look to portray key road safety messages to young drivers.

As well as highlighting the potentially fatal consequences of a road traffic collision to young drivers, the annual Dying2Drive road safety event, which was first held in 2008,  gives UPS students the opportunity to learn about planning and running community safety events.

Natalie Vernon, one of the students organising this year’s event said: “We were all really excited to be tasked with organising the annual Dying2Drive event as we recognised the importance of communicating such an important safety message to young drivers from across the campus.

“To ensure the success of the event, it has been essential to liaise with representatives from DFRS and Derbyshire Constabulary to design and plan a command structure for the RTC scenario, and develop a public relations strategy for the event.  We have also been tasking college staff and students with objectives and discussing how students from other areas of the college can get involved.”

Uniformed Public Services lecturer Victoria Sparkes said, “Dying2Drive is a highly-regarded initiative and whilst the road traffic collision demonstration will pass key road safety messages to young drivers, we also wanted to progress the involvement of our students to allow them to develop skills ready for employment. Organising an event as important as Dying2Drive not only gives students evidence for assessments, but it will also help them gain valuable knowledge associated with working in an emergency services role. Aspects such as communication and planning skills, the ability to problem solve, an awareness of equality and diversity and the experience of working with other agencies will all be covered.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Crew Manager James Hughes said, “It’s great to see students taking responsibility for such an important project. They’ve already been working hard to plan the event and we’re looking forward to seeing them perform on the day, particularly how well they manage briefing emergency services, giving a running commentary of the demonstration to the assembled audience and how they manage the strategic command role.”

Students from across the college have been invited to observe the demonstration which starts at 11am on Friday 24 March 2017 on Infirmary Road, Chesterfield.

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