This week NETA students were lucky enough to get some hands on experience with the emergency services who kindly volunteered their time to talk to the students about the importance of road safety.
Andrew Bright, from Cleveland Fire Brigade organised the event with NETA’s Student Engagement & Support Worker, Rachel O’Riordan, to help engage the level 2 and 3 students and apprentices about the dangers of drink/drug driving, speeding, driving while distracted and not wearing seat belts. Rachel said: “The day was well-organised and effective and it was evident from the student’s engagement that they really enjoyed it.”
In four separate groups the students worked on a rotation system between the different activities including; looking at the inside of a speed camera van, testing the VR goggles, a quick competition for the speed reaction test, and taking part in a real life drink and drive case study. All students were then involved in the crash extraction display delivered by Cleveland Fire Brigade in NETA’s compound.
Nichola Davison, Medical Electronic Engineer (and former engineering apprentice), along with her colleague Neil, brought along an ambulance and crash trolley to talk to the students about the various equipment used inside an ambulance and their role in servicing and maintaining the upkeep of the equipment.
The second session allowed students to take part in the speed reaction test where they had to compete against each other to see who could break in the quickest time and the winners, Rhys (am session), Luke and Morgan (pm session) received a prize for stopping in 0.37 seconds and 0.33 seconds. Well done!
The students also got the chance to hear about the devastating consequences of a real drink drive case study along with having the opportunity to use a virtual reality simulator, using the latest technology and seeing first-hand the harrowing consequences of a crash that could have easily been prevented.
The police safety camera team also brought along a speed camera van and explained the importance of sticking to speed limits and how the specialist equipment can catch people not wearing seat belts or playing on their phone with one click of a button! The engineering students also got to put their speed to the test and measure how quickly they could run towards the van.
The emergency services ended the session with a crash extraction display which saw three students volunteer to be extracted from a mock-up car crash in NETA’s compound, including one student walking from the car with a suspected leg injury and the others needing to be stretchered out.
Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Learn & Live Co-ordinator, Andrew Bright said: “A big thank you to staff at NETA for being excellent hosts which made the day run smoothly and effectively. I hope the students benefited from the day and take away some of the key messages that will hopefully keep them safer on the road as they move forward in their careers.”