Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel are trained and equipped to help save lives when they are first to arrive at an incident.
A specialist Trauma Care course has been introduced within Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service which gives firefighters enhanced training to deal with the traumatic injuries they encounter at fires, road accidents and other emergencies.
All Rescue Pumps (fire engines) across Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have new improved hydraulic cutting equipment which enable the first crew on the scene to a traffic incident to free any casualties faster, allowing them to receive urgent medical care - and thus reducing injuries and saving lives.
The Specialist Units at Kempston and Stopsley Fire Stations, which carry additional specialist rescue equipment such as larger high pressure air bags, are mobilised to more complex road traffic and other incidents.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also work closely with other partner organisations to help prevent road accidents through various projects.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service helped to develop and hosts a pioneering course 'RoadsKill' supported by Luton and District Driving Schools Assocation (LADDSA), Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and East of England Ambulance Paramedic Service.
The one-day intensive course is targetted towards (but not exclusive to) young learner drivers. The course highlights the dangers on our roads and focuses on the consequences of irresponsible, careless or dangerous driving.
Held three times during the last year at Luton Fire Station, the sessions include film footage of the aftermath of road traffic accidents, a look at the heavy cutting equipment used by firefighters to release people from damaged cars and practical sessions on how to keep vehicles to a safe standard.
The bicycle is a major feature of the young road user's culture, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire's Road Risk Advisory Unit has joined in partnership with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in order to provide cycle training as a key factor in the promotion of safe cycling as an efficient and environmentally friendly form of transport. The new age cycling proficiency course is called Bikeability.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have recruited Fire Service personnel to become Bikeability instructors to assist with achieving targets set by the Road Risk Advisory team. The courses are also promoted when fire crews go out to visit local middle schools.
The level 2 course that is being offered coveres cycling on quiet roads but with real traffic conditions. By completing level 2 the rider will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads.
Xcellerate is a new concept in pre-driver education for 16 and 17 year olds sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Motorists for the first year and organised in partnership with both Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Road Safety Teams together with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The one day course has up to 30 students and aims to give pre-drivers a greater understanding of the core issues relating to their safety when driving. There are a number of interactive workshops throughout the day which relay the importance of attitude and behaviour, whilst highlighting choice, responsibility, peer pressure and respect.