Eye-opener: Kadina High School students at the RescuED program hosted by the Goonellabah Fire Brigade to alert young drivers to the realities of car accidents.
Eye-opener: Kadina High School students at the RescuED program hosted by the Goonellabah Fire Brigade to alert young drivers to the realities of car accidents. Jay Cronan

RescuED program impresses Kadina

KADINA High School students at Goonellabah had front-row seats to a car crash rescue yesterday – courtesy of the NSW Fire Brigades.

Goonellabah station officer Craig Bennett said the RescuED driver education program was aimed at Year 10 and 11 students getting their licences.

“Drivers under 25 make up 17 per cent of road users, but are involved in 40 per cent of all road deaths and casualties,” he said.

“If we get through to one person it’s been a great program.”

Staying away from the shock value of a similar Queensland program, Mr Bennett said RescuED was ‘realistic’.

“It’s life. We’re not trying to shock them, we just tell them the truth and we want them to see it from our perspective,” he said.

“I’m a rescue operator in Sydney and you see it on a weekly basis, and with young people motor vehicle accidents are usually severe.”

Year 11 students David Whitelock, 16, and James Ford, 15, were impressed with the program, involving a rescue demonstration, DVD of a real-life teenage accident victim left wheelchair-bound and a discussion group.

“It’s definitely opened our eyesto what can happen, and it’s good information that applies to us,” David said.

“It was good to attend, and Rob Wells enlightened us as a parent. It makes you think twice,” James said.

Kadina High School principal Ian Davies also praised the program.

“It’s about raising awareness about something that is real and confronting,” he said.



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