Newly-wrapped service vehicles can now be spotted in Eastbourne, spreading safety messages from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
They’ll be spreading the word on how to stay safe at home and on the road.
Head of Community Safety, David Kemp, explains the reasons behind the wrapping of the vehicles, "The wrapping of our Service vehicles is a cost effective and innovative way to promote community safety messages, which is why we have wrapped the Casualty Reduction Officers cars and the Education Officers cars."
Life-saving messages include what to do in the case of a fire – Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999, as well as the top three causes of fire in the home including; cooking appliances, electricity supply and smoking. There is also advice on what you can do to keep yourself safe in the home such as installing smoke alarms and never leaving cooking unattended.
On the rear of the vehicle there are clearly displayed icons depicting important safe driving messages, which can be viewed when motorists are stuck in traffic behind the vehicle. These messages include; keeping your eyes on the road, not eating/drinking at the wheel, not smoking, not using a mobile phone, leaving a safe distance between you and the car in front, adhering to speed regulations and not drinking or taking drugs whilst driving.
A number of community safety vehicles have been wrapped, including three Education Officer Service Cars, the Community Safety Audio Visual Unit and the two cars used by Casualty Reduction Officers working with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.
The new Audio Visual Unit has already been used at a series of community events including Eastbourne 999. It's available to be used as part of open days, an educational learning tool, safety demonstrations, and as an additional support tool to assist with the delivery of quick strikes, which will enable crews to carry out a roadside safety one-stop shop, utilising the weather-proof structure. This will assist crews delivering important safety messages to the public with the added advantage of being able to show relevant footage on screen, associated with that type of incident, to raise awareness of Fire Safety issues with local communities.
The new audio visual unit has an additional feature of an inflatable structure to keep the public out of the elements of inclement weather, providing a weather-proof environment to engage with members of the public. The Movena van is fitted with an on-board generator and large flat screen TV.