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West Yorkshire Firefighters have attended 3,105 crashes in the last five years

West Yorkshire firefighters are now taking part in a series of events to warn young people of the dangers of the roads as part of Road Safety Week.

Crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have attended 3,105 crashes in the last five years, according to figures released as part of Road Safety Week.

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It's after the figures revealed 33 children and young adults have died in road traffic collisions (RTCs) in the last five years. During that time 651 under-25 year-olds were also injured in crashes across West Yorkshire.

The figures are being released as part of the Road Safety Week awareness campaign, which runs between 19-25 November and is led nationally by road safety charity, Brake.

Our events include;

  • On Wednesday 21st a demonstration to young people at Huddersfield Fire Station partnering with Police, Highways and Safer Kirklees. Young people will see crews simulate a mock-up road traffic collision where a casualty is trapped in the vehicle. They will be displaying the specialist equipment used to release people.
  • A bereaved father, whose teenage son sadly died in a crash in West Yorkshire, will be speaking to the students.
  • There will also be a roadshow at the Victoria Theatre, in Halifax, on the same Wednesday including testimonies from a Firefighter, Police Officer and Ambulance Service paramedic as they describe the devastation that can be caused by RTCs.
  • On Tuesday 20th, between 6pm and 7.30pm, Fire and Police representatives are taking part in a Facebook Live session on the topic of Road Safety in Calderdale, hosted through the Calderdale Council Facebook page. Residents are encouraged to ask questions or raise any concerns.

Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes, said:

Events like these are really important to spread the message to young people across West Yorkshire about the importance of staying safe on the roads.

"Attending road traffic collisions can be very traumatic for firefighters and the impact of a road death can be huge, not only for the families but also for the community."

– Judith Hughes, hair of the Fire Authority

Sergeant Cameron Buchan, of West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Unit, said:

As roads policing officers we still see the devastating effects of fatal and serious injury collisions first hand all too often. If we can engage with young drivers - the most at risk age group - to spare them or their families the torment of being involved in such collisions - then this has to be worthwhile."

– Sergeant Cameron Buchan