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Community Safety Vehicle launch "Roadshow"

6th May 2010

On Thursday 22nd April a group of Parish Councillors attended the first of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) Community Safety Vehicle (CSV) road shows at Thirsk Fire Station.

The event was opened by County Councillor Neville Huxtable, a member of the Combined Fire Authority  and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Anderson who explained the vital role that the Community Safety Vehicle plays in delivering Community Safety to the rural communities of North Yorkshire.

Station Manager Stuart Simpson highlighted how the Service's Integrated Risk Management Plan allows it to allocate its resources to where they are most needed.

He comments; "The CSVs reduce the risk of emergency incidents occurring through community safety activities and they are also able to attend an emergency should one occur. They are an additional resource to the traditional fire appliances and help to increase the safety of the public in the more rural areas. There will be 8 working throughout North Yorkshire and The City of York".

 Crew Manager John Carson, who crews the local CSV, then explained one aspect of the Community Safety Vehicle's work in the community, which was the operation of the speed data loggers that have been purchased through the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership. This facility can be used when a local community is worried about speeding in their area and deployed by the Fire Service to monitor such activity and as part of that process warn drivers if they are exceeding the local speed limit through the speed matrix sign displays. The data collected shows the type and speed of vehicles using a certain stretch of road and if that indicates there is a problem then the Police and other agencies are then able to use that information to take any appropriate action. The aim of the Fire Service in supporting this facility is to prevent road accidents, which they all too frequently have to attend.

Finally the Councillors observed a Road Traffic Collision demonstration which highlighted the initial actions of the Community Safety Vehicle at a collision involving a single vehicle and how they complimented the work of the local appliance which attended several minutes later.

Stuart Simpson finishes by saying; "Initial feedback was very positive with those attending being very impressed with the fire Service's work with road safety initiatives across the County and The City of York". 

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