An off-duty protective services officer employed by Securitas UK was first on the scene at a recent road traffic accident, accrediting his subsequent actions and quick thinking to Emergency Fire Crew specialist training.
Tony Wyatt, who works on a large customer site in North Wales, was on his way to collect his son from school when he witnessed a car flip on to its side as a result of hitting a bollard. Wyatt’s immediate concerns were for both the welfare of the driver and the safety of people in the immediate area outside the school gates.
After ascertaining that the driver didn’t seem to have sustained serious injuries, Wyatt instructed him to turn the engine off in order to mitigate damage in the event of a fuel spill before finding out if the male was able to leave the vehicle.
The driver’s side was damaged – including smashed windows – and the passenger door was locked. Wyatt instructed the driver to unlock the passenger door, which enabled him to enter the vehicle and help to free the man.
The Emergency Services had been called, but Wyatt took advantage of his First Aid training to check the driver for injuries pending their arrival. Thankfully, the man’s injuries were limited to minor cuts and slight shock and, after being examined by paramedics, the driver was allowed to leave the scene.
“It turned out that the sun’s glare off the road had momentarily blinded the driver, which is why he hit the bollard,” explained Wyatt. “I’m just thankful that I was there to help and that he didn’t sustain any serious injuries.”
Wyatt continued: “I had just completed my Emergency Fire Crew Capability (EFCC) course at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh, giving me the confidence that I could handle the situation correctly. My thanks go to the instructors there for making the course so enjoyable and, as it turns out, highly relevant.”
Shaun Kennedy, Securitas UK’s director of specialised protective services, commented: “We aim to equip our officers such that they can effectively handle any situation they may encounter during the course of their work. This is underpinned by the fact that, to date, over 600 employees have passed the EFCC training course. It makes me especially proud that Tony and other officers have also been able to exploit the skills they’ve learned, as well as act on their own initiative, in order to be so highly effective in emergency situations outside of the workplace.”