The Defence Force Fire Service and St John's worked together during the exercice. Manawatu Prison partnered with Horizons Regional Council Road Safety to hold a road safety education programme for around 80 prisoners on Friday 13 November.

In a simulated rescue, the NZDF Fire Service used the jaws of life to extract a seriously injured driver from a car that had hit a power pole, catapulting an unrestrained baby from the vehicle.  St John provided medical assistance in the exercise, which was narrated by the Defence Force.

A St John' sOfficer demonstrates CPR. Following the rescue, the men heard from Plunket how to install child restraints, how to perform CPR from St John and watched the Just Another Saturday Night DVD, a powerful story from several people’s viewpoint of a fatal accident in the Hawke’s Bay several years ago.                   

Prison Director Andy Langley said the programme was about education and decision making.

“The aim was to educate the men about the consequences of taking risks and encourage them to make sensible decisions that will help them on release. They were able to practice performing CPR and installing child restraints, which will benefit them and their families.”

A simulated rescue exercice.“This is the first time we’ve held the programme in the prison and it’s been fantastic to work with our neighbours the NZDF, Plunket, St John and Horizons Regional Council Road Safety.”

Steve* learned several things from the programme: I knew how to put a car seat in, but only through the back. I was only doing 50% of it. Now I’ll know how to do the whole thing. I (also) learned how to save someone.”

For John*, the rescue from the simulated car crash was a highlight: “It was very intense. I was impressed with the way they took the vehicle to pieces.”

Community Corrections sites in the Lower North Island hold similar road safety education programmes with its partners for offenders based in the community.  This was the first time it had been held in Manawatu Prison.


*Not his real name.