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Peter Kirwan

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: New South Wales Emergency Services > Fire And Rescue
Transport And Infrastructure > Road
The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to learn new rescue techniques to reduce the national road toll - USA, New Zealand, Norway
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Every year, approximately 1,400 people are killed and 32,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads (Australian Transport Council, 2011). This poses a significant cost to the community, both in financial and social terms. The reduction of the road toll is a national priority, and in 2011 the National Road Safety Strategy was released.

The target of the National Road Safety Strategy is a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries of 30% by 2021.

Rescue services, whilst not specifically mentioned, have an opportunity to contribute in this vital endeavour.

Adoption of techniques that give rescue operators more options can simplify and speed up the rescue. This will assist in achieving the ‘golden hour’, reducing rescue time between the traumatic injury and definitive care of the patient (NSW Department of Health, 2009).

Due to limited scientific research into the effect that rescue services have on patient outcome, Australia now has an opportunity to become a world leader in this field.

I intend to conduct demonstrations and presentations to the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council members and other organisations who are stakeholders in pre-hospital trauma response.

Through a focus on multi-agency training and awareness, rescue agencies have the opportunity to reduce extrication times for people trapped as a result of a car crash.

With the combined focus of rescue, medical and research organisations, I hope to ensure modern extrication techniques are implemented, supported and adequately resourced across a National platform to assist in achieving the National Road Safety Strategy target.

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