1 Aug 2015 - Safe Drive, Stay Alive

Safe Drive, Stay AliveOn Thursday 23 July, Paramedic, Nadia Akula from Preston Ambulance Station took part in a pilot event at Weeton Army Barracks. Safe Drive, Stay Alive is to be aimed at young drivers to educate them to the impact that having to deal with RTCs has on the emergency services and family members from a personal perspective.

Each speaker (pictured) gave a personal and detailed account of the aftermath of a RTC and how it has affected them.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) staff, Peter Mulcahy, Head of Service for Cumbria and Lancashire and Graham Curry, Sector Manager for South Lancashire attended the pilot event.  Graham stated, "I was very impressed with the event, it was very moving. I have seen a lot of trauma in my career but the event still made me feel a little distressed, so I can imagine how those who have not been exposed to these things must feel." He added, "It is very powerful and the presentation was really good."

Nadia went on to say: "It was really emotional to have to recall and talk about the impact our role can sometimes have on us. We gave the presentation to 400 soldiers who have all served active frontline duties and to see some of them leaving with tears in their eyes was quite touching and highlights how powerful the presentation is. If it can make just one person stop and think before making a careless or deadly decision, then that's another life saved."

Lancashire County Council and the Wasted Lives campaign organised the event in conjunction with NWAS, Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. Plans are currently underway to roll out the event to all young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 within the Lancashire area.