RACESAFE NEW ZEALAND'S SPEEDWAY TRAINIGN SIMULATORS
Members may be interested to learn that Racesafe New Zealand in association with Speedway New Zealand is implementing structured safety and emergency response training across 24 speedway tracks throughout New Zealand to improve effective fire suppression, as well as rescue and medical care for competitors, while also providing for the safety of first responders.
SPEEDWAY ROLLOVER TRAINING – There’s smoke and dust everywhere. Blood is rushing to your head, and you can feel the pressure building in your eyes. You know there is a fire and you need to get out, and if you’ve never had the experience before, you just might be freaking out.
It's no good waiting until you have an on track rollover before you realise the importance of having correctly fitting harness, HANS device, in addition to knowing how to remove the harness, turn off the fuel and master kill switch while upside down and keeping cool when trouble starts!
Luckily for competitors (drivers), there’s now a way to experience a vehicle rollover without actually being in one by using the Racesafe’s Speedway Rollover Safety Simulator. The design concept of the Speedway Rollover Safety Simulator is simple. It’s a modified Stock-car cabin suspended a couple of feet in the air so that it has room to turn upside-down.
It’s a one of a kind and is designed to train competitors (drivers) on the effects of a vehicle rollover 180 degrees in either direction and allows them to conduct drills that will provide the skill and ability to react properly during emergency egress situations.
Overview – Competitor safety is the number one priority at Racesafe and our Speedway Rollover Safety Simulator was created by the writer to prepare competitors (drivers), fire crews and track officials for the tests of real-life emergency situations while allowing them to experience realistic on-track rollovers and fire situations without any of the dangers.
Speedway Rollover Safety Simulator is a stock car cockpit mounted on a custom built trailer. The simulator recreates what happens to speedway drivers during a rollover crash. The simulator works by rotating the simulator with a driver (crash test dummy) positioned in the vehicle in several positions i.e. on side or on its lid.
It is used as an aide in teaching competitors (drivers) the necessity of how to remove a harness and avoid serious injury when getting out of a rollover accident resulting in engine fire. The simulator also teaches competitors the importance of how to shut off fuel valves and master power isolation switch.
In addition, this simulator will also allow us to teach firefighters, ambulance officers and track officials how to respond to rollover accidents, practice using a cervical collar to support a patient's neck and head and extrication of conscious injured drivers safely.
Effects - The driver is belted into the simulator cockpit and the Rollover Safety Simulator is tipped over slowly to simulate a roll-over crash. The rotation can be stopped and locked in at any angle (20, 90, 180 and 360-degree full roll).
When the roll-over simulator banks through a 360-degree roll simulation the driver can learn the protective function of seat belts and full containment seat under these extreme conditions. When the roll-over simulator is inclined laterally drivers will safely experience how to unbuckle and get out of a harness of a stockcar after a rollover resulting in a fire.
SPEEDWAY FIRE SUPPRESSION TRAINING – The purpose of this on-track training is to provide the student with the basics of speedway orientation and terminology, scene size-up & safety, speedway firefighting strategies and tactics to extinguish trackside fires.
During this four (4) Hour Course, participants will learn the correct use of the fire extinguishers involving different types of fuel. It covers dealing with a fire in the engine compartment, a fire in the cockpit and a fire in the fuel tank area of a stockcar. The training also includes dealing with a running fuel fire and fuel spills.
SPEEDWAY EXTRICATION TRAINING – The purpose of this training is to provide the student with the basics of speedway orientation and terminology, scene size-up & safety, speedway firefighting strategies and tactics, gaining victim access, extrication/extraction procedures, and care of the injured/burned driver following extrication.
During this four (4) Hour Course, participants will learn the art of extrication using hand tools with heavy emphasis on the SHADE acronym (Scene Safety, size up and Survey, Hazard location / Hose Line placement, Access competitor/Immediate Aid and Airway, disconnect battery / Turn of fuel and Extricate & remove competitor from vehicle).
An effective student to instructor ratio will be maintained to ensure safety and effective learning. Minimum attendance of 8 at each course, with a maximum of 12. Participants will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance by Speedway New Zealand.
DEMONSTRATIONS – Not knowing how many crash fire, recovery crews, track officials and competitors we are going to put through the training, but we have allocated up to four (4) hours per training session. The Rollover Simulator involves one-on-one training where as I can put two (2) people through the fire training at a time. The other attendees can watch in readiness for their turn at each hands on training session.
COMPETITOR FEEDBACK – Hi Simon. A big thank you to you and your team for the weekends training and the display you put on at the show grounds on Friday and Saturday.I have had contact from the Rural fire team and they have certainly leant a lot I only hope when and if they need to be called on they are able to remember 70% of what you have shown them (not that we what to call on them).
The St Johns Ambulance have also said what a great unit you have and also have a better understand of what’s is happening for the driver when they are called into a seen. Would you be able to send us a copy of all the hand signal’s you went though so we are able to show these at our staff briefing before the meetings.
I’m under the firm belief all speedway tracks should have you and your team for staff and fire training at their tracks even a film presentation would be better than none, and can only hope Speedway New Zealand are prepared to work with you over this. Regards Grant MacGregor - President Gisborne Speedway
ABOUT US– Racesafe New Zealand through its volunteer Rural Fire Fighters provides standby firefighting services, on-track fire and extraction services for speedway events and event first aid and fire cover within the community.
IMPROVING COMPETITOR SAFETY– We, as a team, are extremely proud of this speedway safety project and hope speedway community will support our efforts get the safety teams up to some form of standard then perhaps the promoters and Speedway clubs will lean towards giving the teams better tools to do their jobs.
Many thanks for taking the time to review our post.....stay safe!
Captain Simon Osborne ADM, Dip Fire, Dip Tch (TAFE Melb)