An innovative passenger extrication training vehicle, which helps emergency crews learn how to deal with safety systems such as airbags and side impact safety systems, is being sponsored by Primetech and Operation Florian, along with Toyota. The vehicle will be used for live demonstrations on the Primetech stand (G70) at The Emergency Services Show next week.
During a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) the vehicle safety features protect the occupants of the vehicle upon impact, but they can also put the emergency services at risk once they are attending passengers at an accident. Vehicles’ safety systems are still live even after an incident has occurred as only certain airbags are set off by the vehicle’s control unit, ie those which were appropriate for the initial impact.
The SES vehicle has been produced to educate and train emergency personnel in order for them to be safe around a vehicle after an accident. Most emergency personnel may have not seen an airbag go off, and this vehicle demonstrates airbag deployment and other key safety features around the vehicle.
Currently Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is using the vehicle, produced by Safety Engineering Simulators Ltd, to provide the emergency services with a training aid. The SES vehicle uses a compressed air system to deploy the airbags, which can be repacked and used again. The compressed air system uses the current Breathing Apparatus cylinders located at most stations across the country. One BA cylinder can be used for seven airbag deployments before the cylinder needs to be recharged.
Henry Walker of Primetech said, “We are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile project, and we hope visitors to The Emergency Services Show will come to see it being demonstrated on our stand. Not only do we think this is a very positive and innovative development for improving public safety, but we also believe it works in perfect harmony with some of the roles that can be preformed by the Cobra Rapid Response Strike Vehicle, with the Coldcut Systems Multi Purpose Nozzle. The Cobra vehicle is perfect for traveling to Road Traffic Collisions very fast, carrying powerful RTC fire fighting capabilities, with the Multi Purpose Nozzle being able to dispense water and foam at a very fast rate.”