‘If people could see the aftermath of an accident, they would wear a seatbelt’
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.
EMERGENCY KIT: Fire officers Paul Robins and Steven King at Amersham Fire Station with some of the equipment used in road accidents