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The ‘Head On’ awards

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn recently attended the first passing-out ceremony of the ‘Head On’ project, established by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue as part of its youth engagement initiative. It offers young people aged fifteen and upwards, who may have already been involved in car crime, the change to experience first hand the physical consequences of car related crime. The pupils who took part on this first course had been referred by Youth Offending Team’s for car related crime.

 

The project is run by operational firefighters over a five day period and shows the potentially fatal aspects of road traffic collisions for the occupants of the car and members of the local community. Young people are also confronted with the long term physical and mental consequences for those involved as well as their families. The course aims to change attitudes and behaviour of young people, and is reinforced by them meeting a road traffic victim and someone who has caused a death on the road.

 

The presentation is preceded by a demonstration by the students re-enacting what the Fire and Rescue Service do when dealing with a head on collision, including cutting a victim from a wreckage. The demonstration is enhanced by using drama students who take part as victims - blood and cries of pain included.

 

Meg said:

 

“It is a fact that many of the tragic deaths on our roads are in the 17-15 age group and this course realistically demonstrates the consequences of vehicle collisions.

 

I congratulate the 6 pupils who completed a powerful course aimed at changing the behaviour of youngsters on our roads. I hope that they have a better understanding of the consequences of their actions.”

 

For more information visit South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website: www.syfire.gov.uk

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Pictured is the demonstration of freeing a victim from a collision.

Pictured is the demonstration of freeing a victim from a collision.


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