The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) commits to the European Road Safety Charter for the coming three years.
We are committed to a multi-agency approach of the Hertfordshire Road Safety Group to build partnerships between key service delivery agencies and interest groups, to work collectively to reduce the numbers and impacts of road traffic collisions and to build on existing road traffic collision work using the principle of the six 'E' approach:
1. Engage - HFRS has a unique contribution to bring to engagement with the target groups. We are trusted, have credibility, a proven track record of community safety delivery, are good role models and have the ability to "make it happen".
2. Educate and increase awareness in road safety issues -
We have access to the high-risk groups on a regular basis and are already working within communities. We train our people to ensure that they deliver correct and consistent information.
3. Emergency response -
As core statutory business, we will provide the emergency rescue response for road traffic collisions and our aim will be to get appropriately trained and equipped personnel to the scene of the incident and carry out rescues and secure scene safety.
4. Engineer out the problem -
We are working with partners (County Highways) to identify high risk patterns on the county's roads and to identify the engineered solution. To assist the engineered solution, we will work with Highways in raising public awareness of what road improvements works have been carried out, where they are located, when they were carried out and how they are designed to reduce casualties. HFRS along Highways will utilize the Community Safety Taskforce to explain to the local community the improvements.
5. Enforcement -
We are working with police, local authority road safety officers' part of the Data Analysis group to assist in the direction of enforcement efforts into areas where they are most effective in reducing causalities.
6. Evaluate the impact of partnership events and our prevention initiatives by developing multiagency data sharing and intelligence protocols to influence future interventions and to enable us to track the impact of what our partners and we do.
A core function of the Fire and Rescue Service under the Fire and Rescue
Services Act 2004 is to rescue people from road traffic collisions (RTCs) and
to carry out preventative work to reduce the number of RTCs that occur
within the County. Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service deals with the
aftermath of road traffic collisions, and the impact they have on human life,
on a daily basis and we must, therefore, direct the appropriate resources
towards trying to prevent such incidents.
No single agency can be responsible for reducing road accident casualties in isolation. Our focus is to encourage and support partnership working with other agencies involved with road safety and to demonstrate a strategic commitment to this issue.
As core statutory business Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service will provide the emergency rescue response for road traffic collisions and our aim will be to get appropriately trained and equipped personnel to the scene of the incident and carry out rescues and secure scene safety.
In addition we aim to achieve Government targets of reducing killed and seriously injured road casualties by the year 2010. It will also serve to demonstrate to the public, our partner agencies, and our staff the importance we place on this
issue and the role we intend to take in making the roads in our County safer for our community and others to use.