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Emergency Services Weekend in Whitby

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:02am 15th June 2019.

Whitby Emergency Services Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th June) on Whitby's West Cliff.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on both days and there will be a number of demonstrations from various services during the weekend.

Organisations represented at the event will include North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Whitby RNLI lifeboat, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and HM Coastguard.

Mike Major from the RNLI is the event organiser he explains what's happening and why the emergency services stage the event...

On Sunday at 11.00 am Whitby RNLI volunteers will take part in a cliff rescue scenario with the the local coastguard team. Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat will recover a casualty from the beach after the coastguard have descended from the cliffs above near the Captain Cook monument.

One of the demonstrations on Saturday will tell the story of a serious road traffic collision told from the perspective of four different people - a member of each of the emergency services and the sister of the person involved in the accident.

Teams from North Yorkshire Police joined by Police Volunteers and Cadets; North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue; North Yorkshire Ambulance Service; 95 Alive and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership will all collaborate to deliver the demonstration.

The dramatic conclusion is scheduled to take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 15 June, when North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. give a live demonstration of how they go about cutting the roof off a crashed car after an accident, to get someone out who might have spinal or other serious injuries.

The “Actions have Consequences” project was originally designed to reach young people who are a vulnerable road user group and raise awareness that driving safely could literally be a matter of life or death.

Present at the demonstration will be Tiffany Rollins who tells the poignant story of how she felt when her brother died when his Seat Arosa veered onto the wrong side of the road at speed and hit an oncoming vehicle, and how it affected her and other people.

Tiffany said:

“I help with the presentations to push road safety to other young adults as I aim to prevent more road traffic collisions in the area. Most people think that these things won’t happen to them and that they’re invincible, when in fact it can happen to anyone."

Actions Have Consequences was developed by North Yorkshire Police, and is supported by the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.

Antony Baldwin, North Yorkshire Police Volunteer Area Co-ordinator for Scarborough and Ryedale said:

“A momentary lapse of concentration while driving isn’t uncommon but it can be absolutely catastrophic. Many collisions are preventable. So we hope that people will take something away from this event and think about what they’ve seen when they get behind the wheel in the future.”

Mandy Pepworth, North Yorkshire County Council’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness Officer said:

“Tiffany’s story really resonates with the audience we are trying to reach. She is extremely professional and we are extremely grateful to her for sparing the time to talk to the public during this demonstration.

Feedback from previous events shows her story as being the one that really stands out for them, inspiring them to think about the potential consequences of antisocial or dangerous driving.”

Steve Harris, Whitby Fire and Rescue Manager, said:

“This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the multi-agency approach for a road traffic collision and the consequences of such an incident. Too often we attend collisions where the perceived skill of the driver outweighs their actual competence.”

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