Ray Eustace says the worst job a fire and rescue officer can attend is a car crash in which someone has died.
Ray Eustace says the worst job a fire and rescue officer can attend is a car crash in which someone has died. TONI McRAE

Ray takes campaign pledge

QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue north coast assistant commissioner Ray Eustace has signed up for the Chronicle's Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign.

“Looking at the road traffic crash statistics for our region yesterday it is ongoing, just about daily, where a fire appliance has been called to attend an RTC.

“We have responded to 315 actual RTCs from July 2 this year to yesterday. Fifty-three were confirmed entrapment with a further 29 RTCs with unknown entrapments.

“Clearly it is not the roads, considering a number of these incidents have been on straight stretches of highways and even on new motorways.

“I never saw a road jump out and injure or kill someone.”

Mr Eustace AFSM congratulates the Chronicle on the campaign.

“Queensland Fire and Rescue Service fully supports such road safety messages to our community.

“The 10 Commitments are clearly endorsed. If all drivers made such a commitment there clearly would be a reduction in road traffic crashes and the saving of life.”

Safe driving, he stressed, was the key. “Be patient and drive to the road rules and prevailing conditions.

“All of our staff agrees RTCs are the worst job you can attend, in particular with a fatality. I can recall talking to one of my crew who had attended an RTC with a fatality and I asked: ‘How did it go?'

“The officer replied: ‘Ray, the saddest thing I had to do today was release a toddler, pick him up in my arms and hand him over to the undertaker.'

“We spoke about this incident. Clearly this incident affected this officer, his crew, and no doubt the other emergency services on the scene in ambulance officers and police officers.

“If the Chronicle campaign can save just one life then it has been a clearly worthwhile campaign.”



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