Mick Warrilow and the hi-tech concept car
Mick Warrilow and the hi-tech concept car

Fire crews will be showcasing a fire engine and the Service’s hi-tech concept car during the annual Staffordshire County Show this week.

The VF4 Ford Focus ST has been kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment to simulate the impact of a car crash. The safety-boosting vehicle aims to reduce the number of young people being involved in road traffic collisions by enabling them to experience the sights and sounds of an accident without actually being involved in a real-life incident.

Community Safety Officers, members of the communications team and volunteers will be talking to people about a range of campaigns including Flames Aren’t Games and Push the Button as well as giving out summer safety advice. The Safer Communities Community Interest Company will also be on hand along with Fire Cadets from Stafford and young people taking part in the Prince’s Trust programme. Visitors can take part in the hazard perception game and the Service’s much loved mascot Welephant will be meeting and greeting children, encouraging them to sign up to his fun filled club.

The Service will share a stand at the Weston Road venue in Stafford with Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Think Bike, Staffordshire Police and Community Fire Responders. The team will be there from 8am-6pm on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28. Jude Russell, Internal Communications and Events Manager, said:

“The Staffordshire County Show is a great opportunity for members of the Service, from across a wide range of departments, to meet the community and talk to people about the safety boosting campaigns we will be running during the summer.

Our crews will be bringing a fire engine to the event and visitors will also be able to experience our new VF4 Ford Focus ST concept car. Children will be able to meet Welephant and can sign up to his club. There will also be the opportunity for residents of Staffordshire to book a free Home Fire Risk Check which involves firefighters or trained technicians visiting properties, giving out vital safety advice and fitting or replacing smoke alarms.”