Cam­paign to re­duce Easter road toll

Isis Town and Country - - News - By ASH­LEY CLARK

“I’VE been to a job where the mother was cradling her dead child.”

That is the re­al­ity Se­nior Fire­fighter Stephen James and other emer­gency servicemen and women deal with ev­ery day on our roads and they are sick of it.

Bund­aberg crews from Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, Queens­land Fire and Res­cue, Bund­aberg Po­lice and RACQ CareF­light joined forces ear­lier this week to talk about the trau­ma­tis­ing events they have ex­pe­ri­enced as part of an on­go­ing Easter Road Safety Cam­paign.

“We are push­ing this cam­paign to high­light to ev­ery­one the road toll that tra­di­tion­ally rises dur­ing the Easter break and how the emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel are af­fected dur­ing this time,” Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Bund­aberg sta­tion of­fi­cer Jonathon Blackey said.

“We are af­fected by the things that we see at crashes and the fact that there are of­ten rel­a­tives on site,” Mr Blackey said.

“The things that we see whilst at work do not go away when our shift fin­ishes,” he said.

QAS Ad­vanced Care Para­medic Leanne Fowler has been in the job for only 12 months but has seen her fair share of crashes.

“I have come across a num­ber of tragic crashes and they are tragic be­cause they are avoid­able,” Ms Fowler said.

“Peo­ple make de­ci­sions that they think might be in­no­cent at the time, but un­for­tu­nately they gen­er­ally have pretty cat­a­strophic con­se­quences.”

All emer­gency ser­vices staff agreed most crashes oc­curred due to the Fa­tal Five.

QAS act­ing se­nior op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Steven Bechly said: “Peo­ple’s inat­ten­tion, fa­tigue, drink driv­ing, speed­ing, not wear­ing seat­belts and the de­ci­sions that they make on the road each and ev­ery day when they drive”.

“We want to put an end to this by get­ting peo­ple think­ing about their be­hav­iour on the road,” Mr Bechly said.

He said there were other ways to pro­mote and en­cour­age road safety, such as us­ing au­to­matic day­light run­ning lights while driv­ing and keep­ing up to date with first aid.

“The first aid pro­vided by peo­ple prior to when we ar­rive to a crash is some­thing that can re­ally save lives,” he said.

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