THE CFA is throwing its support behind a campaign to reduce road trauma as new data shows fire crews are attending a record number of motor vehicle incidents.
This week is Road Safety Week, coinciding with an announcement from CFA chief officer Steve Warrington that CFA heavy pumpers would be upgraded with extra equipment to use at crash scenes.
Figures released this week show that in 2018, 10 per cent of CFA callouts have been to crashes.
The CFA says the number of road accidents crews attend has risen from 3291 in 2009 to 5303 in 2017, a 62 per cent increase.
“In an ideal world, we’d never have to respond to road collisions but this isn’t the case,” Mr Warrington said.
“We already have 26 rescue vehicles, which carry the ‘jaws of life’, a powerful cutting tool, vital to extrication of road accident victims.
“CFA have now commenced the roll out of road crash rescue support capabilities on heavy pumpers across the state as one of the state’s first responders.
“The boosted pumpers will not only save lives but provide improved access to patients for Ambulance Victoria and decrease extrication time, improving overall outcomes of those involved in collisions.”
Last year, the CFA and Ambulance Victoria announced they would train firefighters with emergency medical response skills.
Mr Warrington said the CFA supported the Shine A Light On Road Safety campaign, which has been running throughout the week.