Road accident training centre proposed in Brightlingsea

A new training facility for dealing with road accidents is being proposed by the fire service in Essex.

Plans have been submitted to Tendring District Council to build a road traffic collision training compound at Brightlingsea fire station.

In its application, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said it would be used to provide "state-of-the-art training" for extricating casualties.

The council is set to decide on the application in March.

The compound would include a concrete training ditch and removable crash barriers.

It would also be made available for use by other emergency services.

As well as being used for training, it is also intended to be used to educate "at risk" groups, such as young drivers, in road safety through practical demonstrations.

The fire service said in its application: "This is an innovative initiative and Essex aims to be one of the leading training organisations of its kind in the UK."

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