Emergency services combine in event for Barnstaple motorists

A dynamic evening with the area s emergency services is promised to drivers throughout Barnstaple, when the boys and girls in blue, green and red launch MAX BARUM 999 , this month. Officers from the local Police, Fire and Ambulance services are hoping to

A dynamic evening with the area's emergency services is promised to drivers throughout Barnstaple, when the boys and girls in blue, green and red launch "MAX BARUM 999", this month.

Officers from the local Police, Fire and Ambulance services are hoping to encourage as many motorists and car enthusiasts as possible to come along to the Queen Street open air car park on Wednesday, October 14, at 7.00pm.

The tri-service event is being staged to promote responsible use of the town's roads and to further improve road safety, while encouraging an educational atmosphere where drivers can even receive a free driving assessment from traffic police.

Officers from the local fire station will be using the latest cutting equipment when demonstrating how they free a casualty from a car following a collision.


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Paramedics will then show how their high level of training is deployed to deal with life-threatening injuries caused as a result of irresponsible and poor driving.

Motorists are reminded though that the evening has a serious aim. Drivers and anyone with an interest in motoring are encouraged to bring along their vehicles for Barnstaple town centre PCSO Simon Barrett's "Show and Shine" section which is intended for drivers to display their vehicles to others.

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Instructors from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents will also be in attendance to provide all manner of driving instruction and safety advice.

Police regularly receive reports of anti-social driving on the town's roads, particularly in the Queen Street area, and are keen to explain the impact upon residents and the consequences to the driver who could see their vehicles seized from the road.

Police Sergeant Paul Jones of Barnstaple Neighbourhood Beat Team said: "We are very pleased to be working with our colleagues from the other emergency services and to contribute to this potentially life saving event."

" We are committed to reducing road casualties within our area, and are very much looking forward to meeting local car enthusiasts to introduce ourselves, and further the important safety work of the County Council's "Country Mile Project.

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