Borehamwood Fire Station works with Borehamwood students on hard-hitting film

Published: 03 Jul 2018


Crews from Borehamwood Fire Station have been working with students from Elstree University Technical College (EUTC) to create a road safety film.

The project came from an idea devised by Borehamwood Firefighter Brian Chamberlain, who suggested that Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service could enable young people to create a road safety video and share it with their peers via social media.

Watch Commander David Undery from Borehamwood Fire Station said: “Statistically, young drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident. In the first two years of driving, 1 in 3 drivers are involved in an accident. It is essential for younger drivers to understand the consequences of dangerous driving, and that is what this project aims to achieve.”

The project has allowed Borehamwood fire crews to work together with other agencies to co-ordinate resources to help the students create and share their video. Hertfordshire Police, the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership, Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance team have been working in partnership with EUTC and its students, along with local businesses such as Elstree Studios, the BBC, and MGM Stunt Cars Ltd, who have also added valuable time and resources to ensure the success of the project so far.

Fire stations at Watford, Cheshunt, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City are also creating their own road safety films. These films will be judged by Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen, who will decide on a winning video. The winning video will then be used as the central piece of media for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s 2018 Driving Home for Christmas road safety campaign.

Anne Lean, Projects and Partnerships Manager at Elstree University Technical College, said:

 

“Written, directed and produced by EUTC students, the film is part of a colossal national campaign that will help raise awareness about the dangers of using social media whilst driving.

 

“The talent of our students, supported by the experience and generosity of film makers including MGM Cars, CVP Productions, Everything Audio, Life Cast and Elstree Studios, is truly inspirational. We are making a film that will save lives.”

 

You can follow the progress of the project on Twitter by searching for the hashtags: #HomeForXmas2018 #DoNotDisturb

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