Residents urged to attend road safety event

Residents are encouraged along to hear messages from both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Residents are encouraged along to hear messages from both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is staging an event this weekend as part of its commitment to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Aberdeenshire’s roads.

The Crash Live event, which is taking place at Peterhead Community Fire Station on Saturday (February 7), also involves input from multi-agency partners at Police Scotland and runs between 2pm and 4pm.

The aim of Crash Live is to raise awareness locally and enhance road safety across Aberdeenshire, an area which has witnessed a number of serious and fatal road incidents over the past few months.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event which will also be attended by representatives from Halfords.

Crash Live is aimed at all ages and will involve inputs from SFRS and Police Scotland.

Firefighters will speak about the difficult and often traumatic work they do at the scene of road traffic collisions, and there will be a ‘live’ simulation of the aftermath of a serious road traffic collision.

The incident will focus on the emergency services response to such an incident and focus on all aspects, from initial attendance, collision investigation to the harrowing role the Police have of informing the victims’ relatives.

SFRS Station Manager Bruce Milne said: “Sadly we continue to see people lose their lives on the north east’s roads.

“We are continually working hard with our partners in the other emergency services and local authorities to try and raise awareness about the importance of road safety and by doing that hopefully reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“We have run events like this in the past and they have always proved popular.

“I would appeal to as many people as possible to come down and witness the impact of the event and we would encourage people of all ages to come along as there are messages which will apply to everyone.”

He added: “We already take part in the popular school based initiative Safe Drive Stay Alive, which concentrates on young drivers and work closely with Police Scotland on other road safety schemes like Operation Zenith, however, we can always do more and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Saturday.”