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Play Acts As Safety Driver
Apprentices give a boost to CFOA Road Safety Week
The twelve apprentices who are based at our district prevention offices across Merseyside are already halfway through their fixed-term contract.
Their latest experience was with the RTC (Road Traffic Collision) Reduction Team, to gain an insight into how our Service delivers Road Safety education. The Apprentices were presented with educational packages “Drive to Arrive” and “Suddenly from Nowhere”.
The Apprentices also assisted in delivering an extremely successful Road Safety workshop at the Training and Development Academy (TDA) for 300 school children from across Merseyside. Three of them Ellie Williams, Emily Thomson and Jessica Lewis also featured in the Road Safety Team’s first commissioned Road Safety play “inVINcible”.
The producer and lead actor of the play Tony Barton of Mojo Theatre said: “Ellie, Emily, and Jessica were naturals and a credit to themselves for all the hard work they put in to performing their roles.”
The co-ordinator of the event, Watch Manager John Cousins, said: “I spent two days working with the Apprentices and I am very impressed with their commitment and enthusiasm. Their help has been
The Apprentices with Watch Manager John Cousins, on the far left. Photo supplied by Watch Manager John Cousins.
a major factor why the event ran so smoothly and successfully. Despite the soaring temperatures everybody contributed to what was a tremendous team effort and you never know we may have unearthed some potential thespians.”
Also as part of their three-day Road Safety experience, they were set a task to produce a presentation that looked at the evolution of Road Safety over the last 80 years. Split
into three teams, they had to deliver a presentation to Lynn Hughes, our Service’s Organisational Development Manager, and Watch Manager John
Cousins, our Service’s RTC Reduction Co-ordinator. John Cousins said: “Three totally different
presentations, but all three nailed the subject.”
Lynn Hughes said: “The Apprentices have really bought into the importance of Road Safety and have been quite reflective over the issue of
choices and consequences.”
A number of events with the public and schools were held across Merseyside as part of our Service’s work for the Chief Fire Officers
Association (CFOA) Road Safety Week.
As part of CFOA Road Safety Week, Firefighter Kirsty Hornby planned a road safety event at Cowley International College in St Helens, which she works with throughout the year. There was a car rescue demonstration by firefighters from Eccleston and Newton-le-Willows and safety information was given to young people. Photo supplied by Firefighter Kirsty Hornby and Station Manager Phil Byrne.
Ellie Williams, Emily Thomson and Jessica Lewis featuring in our Road Safety play “inVINcible”, with Tony Barton and Billy Bradshaw from Mojo Theatre. Photo supplied by Watch Manager John Cousins.

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