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RescuEd: Road safety education for young adults

Fact

Each year approximately 200 drivers and riders (eg motorcyclists) aged under 26 die in fatal vehicle crashes in NSW. Each year, NSW statistices reveal:

  • Young males are three times more likely to be in a crash than young females.
  • Young males are three times more likely to suffer fatalities than young females.
  • Young females are more likely to be hospitalised for injuries than males.
  • Young females are three times more likely to be in a crash than older females.

RecuED - a Fire & Rescue NSW road safety program

The RescuEd program is a free service delivered by Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters to NSW High School students is based on an original concept from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority (QFRA), known as 'RAAP' or 'Road Accident Awareness Program'.

The Fire & Rescue NSW, in consultation with the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), Road Safety Education Program have adapted 'RAAP' program for use in NSW schools. The program meets the learning outcomes of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus for years 9 and 10.

Key factors influencing the risks to young drivers

  • Perception and assessment of risk
  • Attitudes to driving and behaviour on the road
  • Experience on road and handling skills
  • Awareness of others on the road

RescuEd format?

  • Awareness of others on the road, which is a practical demonstration where Fire & Rescue NSW fire fighters demonstrating to students, how they extricate a victim from a wrecked vehicle.
  • Classroom presentation where Fire & Rescue NSW fire fighters present DVD/video of "Tim's Story". A dramatisation of an actual event in which a teenager was severely injured in a road accident.
  • General discussion with students on the causes and consequences of a road accident, and the steps students can take to reduce the chance of being involved in one.

In an Emergency Call Triple Zero (000)

A collaboration of Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, ACT Fire Brigade and ACT Rural Fire Service