‘If peo­ple could see the af­ter­math of an ac­ci­dent, they would wear a seat­belt’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKLE UP -

A FIRE­FIGHTER who reg­u­larly at­tends car crashes has spo­ken about the im­por­tance of wear­ing seat­belts.

Paul Robins, who has been a fire­fighter in Amer­sham for 22 years has at­tended hun­dreds of road traf­fic in­ci­dents.

Mr Robins said: “You can al­ways tell if peo­ple wear a seat­belt when you at­tend a crash.

“If they haven’t worn a seat­belt, they will have head in­juries. If they wear a seat­belt, it stops them. They might have bruis­ing on their shoul­der and neck, but are less likely to have head in­juries.

“I would say that it is the mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who don’t wear seat­belts, but there are still some. They might think that there isn’t enough time, but if they could see the af­ter­math of an ac­ci­dent like we see, they would wear one; if they could see the in­juries that peo­ple sus­tain.

“It should be au­to­matic for peo­ple to get in a car and put their seat­belt on.

“I have at­tended hun­dreds of col­li­sions, and I have had an 18-month-old baby die in my arms from a crash.”

Mr Robins thinks the Bucks fire ser­vice at­tends more road traf­fic col­li­sions than teams in London owing to the quicker roads. The teams have hy­draulic res­cue equip­ment to res­cue trapped driv­ers from their cars in an emer­gency.

Con­trib­uted

EMER­GENCY KIT: Fire of­fi­cers Paul Robins and Steven King at Amer­sham Fire Sta­tion with some of the equip­ment used in road ac­ci­dents

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