Students help to drive the road safety message home
In collaboration with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Uniformed Public Services students from Chesterfield College organised a community safety event last week designed to highlight the importance of road safety to fellow students and to give them vital experience for their future careers in public services.
The Dying2 Drive event, which took place outside Chesterfield College, gave students the chance to witness first-hand the full consequences of a road traffic collision. A dramatic reconstruction of the response emergency services would make to rescue people from vehicles involved in the collision sent a hard hitting road safety message to young drivers.
As well as highlighting the potentially fatal consequences of a road traffic collision, the annual Dying2Drive road safety event, which was first held in 2008, gives Uniformed Public Services students the opportunity to learn about planning and running community safety events.
Natalie Vernon, one of the students organising this year’s event said: “We were all really excited to be tasked with organising the Dying2Drive event as we recognised the importance of communicating such an important safety message to young drivers from across the campus.
“To ensure the success of the event, it has been essential to liaise with representatives from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire Constabulary to design and plan a command structure and develop a public relations strategy. We have also been tasking college staff and students with objectives and discussing how students from other areas of the college can get involved.”
Uniformed Public Services lecturer Victoria Sparkes said, “Organising an event as important as Dying2Drive not only gives students evidence for assessments, but it will also help them gain valuable knowledge associated with working in an emergency services role. Aspects such as communication and planning skills, the ability to problem solve, an awareness of equality and diversity and the experience of working with other agencies is all vital for when they move on to develop careers in a public service role.”