Dover students along with KFRS Watch Manager for Road Safety Alan Faulkner, student support officer Lisa Gay and head of sixth form Laura Read
“Hard-hitting”, “eye-opening”, “thought-provoking” and “sobering” were just some the words used by sixth form students from Dover Grammar School for Girls to describe their recent visit to Dover fire station.
The group attending a presentation by Watch Manager Al Faulkner from Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety team about the dangers young people face, both as inexperienced drivers and passengers.
Laura Read, head of the sixth form at Dover Grammar School for Girls, said: “We have been coming to Dover fire station for a few years now with the sixth form students to give them an understanding of driver awareness, as many of the students are about to learn, or have already started learning to drive.
“It has a significant impact on our students and they always come away from the presentation with a totally different attitude. You can see their reactions to some of the content as the message really hits home”.
Dover crew manager, Adrian Hawkins, said: “We have built a really good rapport with the school, and you can see the difference it makes to the students, who really engage with the presentation.
He added: “The feedback we get from the students is really positive. One student remarked that it was good to see that we weren’t pointing the finger at them specifically as young drivers, but more making them aware of the risks, for example pointing out that they don’t need to be afraid to speak up as a passenger if they feel uncomfortable with someone’s driving, or if they’re doing something dangerous that could affect them”.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service also has an interactive road safety education centre aimed at 14 to 24 year olds, the Road Safety Experience, based in Rochester. It is the first dedicated road safety centre of its kind in the UK, and schools and colleges can book group visits for the young people under their care.
To find out more and to arrange a visit go to our road safety experience page.
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Photo caption: Some of the students along with Watch Manager Alan Faulkner, student support officer Lisa Gay and head of sixth form Laura Read.