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Survive the Drive Award
Press Release - Life-saving Road Safety initiative wins military commendation
Posted on 21/11/2019

Staff from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have been awarded a prestigious military commendation for their services to the military by helping to create a bespoke road safety initiative: 'Survive the Drive', aimed at reducing road traffic collisions within the Armed Forces, Royal Navy, RAF and Marines.

Watch Manager Chris Boston, Station Manager Laura Pratt, and SAFE South West Charity Co-ordinator  Steve Smith and Crew Manager Dan Lester (pictured: second, third, fourth eighth from left) were awarded the Vice Chief of Defence Staff Commendation alongside the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The awards were made by Admiral Tim Fraser CB ADC (pictured centre) at a ceremony at the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall at the end of October.

The team designed and produced a high quality and thought-provoking training programme, Survive the Drive delivered across military bases in the south west with the aim to reduce incidents of road traffic collisions within the armed services, who are statistically more at risk of a road traffic collision (RTC) than their civilian counterparts.

“Survive the Drive, builds on the strong partnership network between defence and the Fire and Rescue Services” said Laura Pratt, Station Manager at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. “We are delighted to receive this commendation and to have played a part in creating this valuable addition to road safety initiatives”.

Notes to the Editors:

• Survive the Drive has been developed by a strategic partnership between Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, the charity SAFE South West, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Devon County Council Road Safety and the Ministry of Defence – Defence Safety Authority.

• The next ‘Survive the Drive’ event will be on Tuesday 10 December in Stonehouse, Plymouth. To arrange your press pass to this event, please contact: Ellie Banner-Ball, 07538 677945 ebannerball@dsfire.gov.uk

• Sneak preview of ‘Survive the Drive’ programme: https://youtu.be/yYpmjFz5zJA


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