UN conference a proud moment for Isle of Wight fire service

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


FORMULA 1 representatives were among those to be given a lesson in road safety by the Isle of Wight’s chief fire officer Steve Apter.

Mr Apter was invited to give a presentation at the recent UN Road Safety Collaboration conference in New York, following his appointment as chairman of the World Rescue Organisation (WRO) in November.

The WRO brings together representatives of rescue organisations to share expertise. It is a partner member of the Global Road Safety Partnership, which is run by the World Health Organisation and is part of the UN’s decade of action for road safety.

Mr Apter’s presentation included how effective collaboration can reduce the impact of crashes.

Among those in the audience were representatives of businesses including Shell and Ford, Formula 1’s governing body the FiA, foreign ministers and the Bloomberg Foundation, which supports international charities and non-profit organisations.

Mr Apter said: "It is through our work in developing countries that we are able to impact on reducing road deaths.

"I am very proud to be chairman of the WRO and much of the work I highlighted is already carried out on the Isle of Wight.

"It was a very proud moment not only for me but also for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and our other UK colleagues to be represented on a world stage."

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