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Emergency services in South Derbyshire join forces in Swadlincote to warn of the dangers of the 'The Fatal Four'

Posted on 5th December 2018
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Police officers in South Derbyshire are joining forces with our colleagues in Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service to hold a live mock incident in Swadlincote. 

The event is being held at The Delph in the town centre on Saturday, December 8 and will involve a mock-up of a road traffic collision to show how the emergency services deal with the scene and warn of potential dangers. 

Acting Sergeant Joe Stafford, who is co-ordinating the activity, explains: “Since January this year there have been 47 fatal road traffic collisions in Derbyshire, five of which have been in South Derbyshire. 

“Having spoken with my colleagues in the other emergency services we are keen to warn people of the common causes of such accidents to try and help prevent further heart-breaking incidents. 

“We will have a mock-up of an accident in The Delph area of the town centre where people will be able to come along and watch a demonstration of how we all work together at such a scene. 

“Officers from all the organisations will then be on-hand to discuss the dangers of the fatal-four to help people avoid being involved in such an incident.” 

Samantha Westwell, Paramedic and Ambulance Operations Manager for Derbyshire, said: “Serious road traffic collisions can have a huge impact on a wide range of people – from the physical and mental impact on those injured and their loved ones, to the emotional impact on emergency service personnel, hospital staff and bystanders. 

“Events such as this are an excellent way for us to demonstrate what happens in the aftermath of a serious road traffic collisions, and the decisions we can make as drivers and passengers to prevent such incidents from happening.” 

Driving at excessive speed, under the influence of drink or drugs, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile telephone whilst driving are the four key causes of collisions involving death or serious injury in the UK. 

The emergency services will be at The Delph from 10am with the demonstration due to start at 11am


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