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Scouts get into character during road traffic collision exercise in Tamworth

December 19 2019

Firefighters had a helping hand from a group of teenage scouts during a real-life scenario exercise.

These exercises are vital in ensuring all emergency services are equipped to deal with similar incidents and that the necessary skills are kept up to date.

Crew Manager Phil Mulligan

A group of Explorer Scouts from Lichfield and their leader, along with officers from Staffordshire Police and first responders from West Midlands Ambulance Service, took part in the training at Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station on Tuesday (17 December).

Explorers took on the role of five passengers trapped in a vehicle during the road traffic collision exercise.

The drill aims to improve rescue methods and the way in which crews prioritise casualty care along with which appropriate resources to send to similar incidents. The scenario involved a car on its side sandwiched between two other vehicles with a casualty, played out by an Explorer Scout, dragged underneath a car.

Fire crews from Tamworth and a crew from Polesworth at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service took part.

Crew Manager Phil Mulligan, from Tamworth fire Sfation, said: “We organised the training exercise to hone our skills in extricating people from vehicle wreckages and trauma care.

“The causalities, volunteers from Lichfield Explorer Scouts, were given briefs about what their injuries were to help them get even more into the role.

“Working alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service community first responders from Lichfield, and officers from Tamworth Neighbourhood Policing Team, the causalities were successfully and quickly released.

“These exercises are vital in ensuring all emergency services are equipped to deal with similar incidents and that the necessary skills are kept up to date.”