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Saudi Arabian Road Police Officers Training In Derbyshire

09/Aug/2017

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s (DFRS) Kingsway training centre hosted 25 front line police officers from the Road Policing Unit in Saudi Arabia to showcase how emergency services work together dealing with road traffic collisions (RTC) and talk about the UK’s proactive approach to RTC reduction.

The Saudi Arabian officers have travelled to the UK to undertake a course at the University of Derby regarding roads policing, crash scene investigation and the UK’s approach to this. 

The visitors joined firefighters to witness an exercise whereby casualties were cut from a multiple vehicle collision.  Some of the cars that were used in the exercise were supplied by trading standards and are cars that had been seized due to being illegally tampered with (clocked).

The exercise was also been supported by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).  Trainee technicians have taken part in the exercise as part of their initial 10 week training course, giving the trainees an opportunity to work alongside firefighters in a safe but realistic scenario. 

DFRS Station Manager Rob Taylor said: “Our colleagues from Saudi Arabia have been able to witness how UK emergency services come together in the event of a road traffic collision, working quickly and effectively to give casualties the best possible chance of survival.

“We’ve also had an opportunity to talk to our visitors about the work we carry out as part of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership in reducing the number of incidents we attend.”

Tony Blockley, Head of the International Policing and Justice Institute at the University of Derby said: “This is an excellent opportunity to share best practice and provide an insight into the operations of our emergency services. The officers can take away this learning with a view to reducing road deaths in Saudi Arabia.”

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