Our role in Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs)
Assisting at the scene of a road traffic collision is a major part of our work as a fire and rescue service.
Our firefighters are trained for rescue and extrication equally as much as they are for tackling fires. Using team work and state of the art rescue equipment, and working closely with ambulance service staff and paramedics, our firefighters are able to release casualties who become trapped in ther vehicles after a crash.
It takes a great deal of time and care to rescue people from wreckages. Unfortunately for other road users, while we rescue trapped passengers, lanes and roads need to be closed and so delays can occur. An extrication cannot be rushed but we will carry out the rescue as quickly and as safely as possible.
Further information and related links
- More on our equipment.
- Advice on pulling over for fire engines and other emergency vehicles.
- Current and ongoing incidents.