11 January 2017
EMERGENCY FIRE CREW TRAINING HELPS OFF-DUTY SECURITAS OFFICER TAKE CONTROL AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT
An off-duty Protective Services Officer, employed by Securitas UK was first on the scene at a road traffic accident, accrediting his actions and quick thinking to his Emergency Fire Crew specialist training.
Tony Wyatt, who works on a large customer site in North Wales, was on his way to collect his son from school, when he witnessed a car flip on to its side as a result of hitting a bollard. Tony’s immediate concerns were for both the welfare of the driver and the safety of people in the immediate area outside the school gates.
After ascertaining that the driver did not seem to have sustained serious injuries, he instructed him to turn the engine off to mitigate damage in the event of a fuel spill, before finding out if he could get out of the vehicle. The driver’s side was damaged – including smashed windows – and the passenger door was locked. Tony instructed the driver to unlock the passenger door, which enabled him to enter the vehicle and help to free the driver.
The emergency services had been called, but Tony took advantage of his first aid training to check the driver for injuries pending their arrival. Thankfully, injuries were limited to minor cuts and slight shock, and after being examined by paramedics, he was sent on his way.
Tony stated: “It turned out that the sun’s glare off the road had momentarily blinded the driver, which is why he hit the bollard. I’m just thankful that I was there to help and that he didn’t sustain any serious injuries.” He continued: “As luck had it, I had just completed my Emergency Fire Crew Capability (EFCC) course at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh, giving me the confidence that I could handle the situation correctly. My thanks go to the instructors there for making the course so enjoyable and – as it turns out – highly relevant.”
Securitas UK Director of Specialised Protective Services Shaun Kennedy commented: “We aim to equip our officers to effectively handle any situation they may encounter during the course of their work – which is behind the fact that over 600 employees to date have passed the EFCC training course. It makes me especially proud that Tony and other officers have also been able to exploit these skills – as well as acting on their own initiative – in order to be so highly effective in emergency situations outside the workplace.”