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MFRS joined forces with Merseyside Police to teach Birkenhead sixth formers about road safety.
Watch Manager Jez Williamson visited Birkenhead Sixth Form College in Wirral with road traffic investigation specialist PC Mike Abram as part of a college initiative to encourage safer driving.
The team took a mangled hatchback car to the college, from a collision involving four teenage friends in which the driver lost his life.
Students were given the chance to examine the vehicle and took part in impairment tests which showed them how drink and drugs affect the brain.
WM Williamson said: “Statistically speaking, this age group of 17-25-year-olds are more likely to be killed in a car than anything else.
“Traditionally, young people would be shown horror images of tragedies that had happened to other people as a kind of warning, but this hands-on learning is far more effective.
“Quite often, it’s not that the young people are doing anything wrong; it’s just down to poor decision making.
“If we can give them strategies that help them make the right decisions and encourage sensible behaviour then that makes our job worthwhile.”
hazardous waste incident
Firefighters were mobilised following reports of three refuse workers suffering adverse effects from unknown fumes emanating from the rear of a refuse wagon.
When crews arrived at the scene, on Fairacres Road in Bebington, they notified North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) so the workers could receive immediate medical attention.
A multi-agency response was deployed at the scene, involving MFRS, Merseyside Police, NWAS and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
The decision was made to close roads around the
area with the support of Merseyside Police and a 50- metre cordon was put in place as a safety measure during the investigation.
Firefighters took steps to protect the environment by blocking drains to ensure that no hazardous substances entered the drain system.
NWAS assessed the three casualties, who were showing signs of ill effects from inhaling the
fumes, and took them to Arrowe Park Hospital for monitoring.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and protective clothing entered the incident
area to take samples using monitoring equipment.
After samples were analysed the source was discovered to be a strong acid,
possibly an industrial-strength drain cleaning solution, which had been
discarded in a domestic wheelie bin.
The company which owned the bin wagon worked closely with MFRS to bring the incident to a conclusion and arrange safe removal of the vehicle.
Group Manager Chris Case said: “The substance involved was unlikely to be intended for domestic use. A variety of agencies worked closely to resolve this incident and minimise any wider disruption.”

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