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North Wales paramedic takes centre stage in a new road safety DVD

Rhyl Paramedic Dermot O’Leary presents a new road awareness DVD for children.

Rhyl Paramedic Dermot O’Leary presents a new road awareness DVD for children.

A paramedic from North Wales is using his emergency service experience in a brand new educational DVD for youngsters.

Dermot O’Leary, of Penmaenmawr, takes centre stage alongside two young presenters in a film backed by the North Wales Road Safety Partnership and produced by Knew Productions of Rossett.

Mr O’Leary, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Road Safety Champion for the North, came up with the theme for the DVD which was taken onboard by the North Wales Road Safety Partnership.

The short film particularly focuses on the Rhyl based paramedic’s experiences of blue light driving to help make youngsters more ‘road-savvy’ about what to do when an ambulance, police car, fire engine or even a normal vehicle approaches them.

Mr O’Leary said: “It was something that I have felt has always been a gap in the market. You get general road safety campaigns out there, but very few at all warn of the dangers that youngsters and blue light drivers may face together.

“I really enjoyed working with the two youngsters, they really drove the themes of this DVD home and kept me on my toes as well.

“I hope that with the support of the police and fire in this product we can really highlight the dangers we as emergency drivers have to negotiate and pinpoint the pitfalls that you can find on the road if your attention is elsewhere.”

The DVD will be shown to school children throughout North Wales by visiting road safety officers.

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