Student cut free from car in rescue exercise

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FIREFIGHTERS have given local students a demonstration of how they would free a crash victim from a car.

Youngsters from Havant College took part in a rescue scenario where a volunteer was cut out of a vehicle using specialist equipment.

The exercise was part of Stay Safe Week, which was supported by Hampshire Road Safety’s Teenagers Road Accident Prevention Team (TRAPT).

It was part of a course which gives teenagers an awareness of what could happen if they drive recklessly, and aims to get them thinking about their decisions in other areas of their lives.

Volunteer victim, Jess Edwards, from Southsea, was cut out of the vehicle in front of 60 of her fellow students.

She said: ‘I was a little scared at first but there was always someone there to reassure me about what was happening.

‘I was surprised when the roof had to be taken off.

‘I’m glad I’ve done it now – I now know what to expect in real life if I was ever in that situation.’

Watch manager Gary Elston, road safety liaison officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We want young people to learn and understand the consequences of their actions for themselves, changing the thought process on how the situation would affect them and the people around them.’