A member of Dundalk Fire and Rescue Service is taking part in a cross-border first

Martin Yore is taking part in the road safety project Driving Change which covers the border area

Martin Yore is taking part in the road safety project Driving Change which covers the border area

Martin works with Rory Dumigan of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue.

We deliver road traffic collision training,” said Martin, “to fire fighters in Dundalk, Newry, Armagh, Belturbet, Enniskillen, Sligo, Donegal Town, Stranolar, Derry and Buncrana Fire Stations.

“The aim is to make fire services familar with policies and protocols in each jurisdiction.

“We work collectively to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“We are currently training 250 fire fighter personnel with the possibility of extending to 322 by the project end date of July next year.

“The second part of the project is working with youth groups 17-25 age group targeting about 120 young men and 120 young women.

“Carie Crawford is our youth work officer.

“We talk to youth groups on both sides of the border and help them with road safety issues in their areas.

“We also provide training to local fire personnel as volunteer coaches.

“We want to use the experience and expertise of fire fighters to help establish safer driving habits.

For instance, we found that Newtown Young Farmers identified a culture of underage tractor driving. So we helped them to get their message across on this issue.

“It’s a cross-border approach to tackling Road Safety,” said Martin.

Driving Change is a three-year project between the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), the Fire Services of the six border counties in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Public Achievement.