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Fire Service attends Freshers Fayre

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Fire Service attends Freshers Fayre

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service joined the Safer Roads Partnership at a Freshers Fayre at the Lower Hall of The Guildhall in Worcester yesterday (Monday 20 September) to highlight road safety to the new intake of students from Worcester College of Technology.

Watch Manager Darren Packwood from the Community Safety Team at H&WFRS explained: "Assisting at road traffic collisions is an important part of a firefighter's job, and students were surprised to learn that Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attend more collisions than they do fires.

"With this in mind, we decided to join our colleagues at the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia to promote safer driving at this year's Freshers Fayre, targeting those who are learning to drive or who have only recently passed their test."

The Community Safety Team explained to new students how devastating excess speed, driving under the influence of drink or drugs or showing off to friends can be, and how a momentary distraction from a mobile phone or iPod can prove so dangerous.

Watch Manager Packwood added: "The students we spoke to today were very receptive and we hope that they will recall our advice when they get behind the wheel of a car themselves or accept a lift from another young driver."