West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is teaming up with Crawley Town Football Club next week to help young people stay safe on the road.
A group of up to 30 young people will be visiting Crawley Fire Station on Wednesday morning (October 28) to hear first-hand about the importance of road safety and their responsibilities as both passengers and drivers.
The visit, which is also being supported by BMW Vines of Gatwick, has been arranged as part of Crawley Town Football Club’s National Citizens Service (NCS) programme. The NCS is a voluntary personal and social development programme which helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
The group, all aged 16 and 17, will have the chance to chat informally to firefighters about their experiences attending road traffic collisions and watch the crew demonstrate their RTC rescue cutting and extrication skills.
The event will also give the teenagers the opportunity to try out a driving simulator while wearing ‘beer’ goggles, which mimic the effect of being under the influence of alcohol.
Marc Clayton, Watch Manager at Crawley Fire Station, said:
“We are always keen to work in partnership with local organisations in Crawley to help keep our communities safe. This is a great opportunity to engage with young people at the beginning of their driving lives, which is often when they are most at risk on the road.
“We want them to enjoy their visit to the station, but also to take away a new understanding of the potential consequences of the decisions they make as drivers and passengers. It’s about empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to make good decisions.”
Claire Burrage-Edwards, NCS Programme Coordinator for Crawley Town Football Club, added:
"It is brilliant to be able to give these young people the opportunity through NCS to take part in activities like this. They are able to get a better understanding about how their actions affect other people to hopefully help guide them to make the better decisions and life choices.
"Their NCS journey teaches them about leadership, team building and independence. Being involved with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will certainly be helping them with these qualities. I would like to thank Marc and Crawley Fire Station for all their help in organising this event for our young people."