Moyle trainees graduate in Fire and Rescue scheme

SEVEN young people from the Moyle District Council area have successfully graduated from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s Road Accident Consequences & Education (RACE) Scheme.

The five-day scheme was designed by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) as an interative and practical initiative to encourage young people aged between 16 – 25 years to understand the destructive consquences and potentially life changing ramifications of a road traffic collision (RTC). The aim of the scheme is to promote safer driving and encourages leadership, confidence and team building skills, combined with basic fire safety and first aid training.

‘RACE’ was delivered by local Firefighters in partnership with the North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service and PSNI Officers and was funded by Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said: “In conjunction with our road safety partners, we work tirelessly to help improve road user behaviour to reduce the number of road traffic collisions, fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. This type of initiative helps young people to understand the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, a moment’s inattention, or drink or drug driving.

“Over the past five days the young people have worked closely with our local Firefighters and have learnt about the consequences of being involved in or being responsible for an RTC. They will now have a greater understanding of the main causes of RTCs, how these impact upon themselves and their community and how they can contribute to keeping safe on our roads.

“The seven young people graduating have all worked extremely hard and I congratulate them on their achievement. I have no doubt that they will become ambassadors for their fire & rescue service and will help promote good road user behaviour in their local community. I would also like to thank our partner agencies in the area for their support for our ‘RACE’ scheme.”

Councillor Cara McShane, Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Chairperson added: “Moyle PCSP has been delighted to support the delivery of the ‘RACE’ scheme. During our recent extensive public consultation which took place between November 2012 and January 2013 the PCSP found that residents in Moyle have very real concerns about levels of anti social driving within this rural community.

“Projects like the ‘RACE’ scheme has enabled us to work directly with young people from the local area to educate them on the impact, dangerous/anti social driving has on the whole community. We hope this insight gives young people a heightened awareness of the potential impact that dangerous / anti-social driving causes, before they engage in such activities in the future and hope they will share their knowledge with their family and friends to promote safer road use.

“The scheme has also provided the young people involved with an excellent opportunity to develop valuable skills and develop confidence, which will be extremely beneficial to them in the future and we would like to congratulate them on their graduation.”