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The class of 2017

Around 40 MVT members, including our chairman and members of the CoM were awarded their marshal’s hi-viz vest after a successful safety training day at tank driving centre Armourgeddon, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire.
Disciplines covered were vehicle marshalling, fire-fighting and emergency CPR. In addition, Tim Hawkes, Wicksteed at War show director, outlined plans for this year’s event, to be held at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northants, on June 9-11.
The day ended with a harsh lesson on what would happen if a pedestrian came into contact with a tracked vehicle – it didn’t end well for the pedestrian, fortunately in this case a balloon-filled dummy!
The marshals’ vests, which are valid for the whole of 2017, are kindly sponsored by Graham Sykes Insurance.
Tim Hawkes said: “The safety training day came about as a result of the MVT CoM wanting to bring about a consistent approach to how we run events safely and professionally. 
“With the update of the Event Guidance document in 2017, it demonstrated that members having a consistent approach to a few key things could really improve the safety and professionalism of members in the Trust.
"A secondary benefit of this event was that it brought a number of area secretaries together that had not met before and allowed them to share ideas and talk before the season gets under way.
“We have now set a standard for our members in terms of how to marshal vehicles, conduct primary first aid and putting out fires. The event also served as a great opportunity for area members to discuss their own events, insurance and safety at events.
“The feedback from the members so far has been promising with some saying they are looking forward to next year. We will need to think about how we can spread this to more members for next year.
“In the future the CoM would like as many of our members as possible to know how to marshal a large vehicle through a crowded event safely, plus other key safety issues.
“It would be great to get to a point where other clubs and organisations look to the MVT for support and advice on how to make their events more safe, and to become the gold standard for how we turn up at events.”
He added: “I would particularly like to thank Stuart Garner for letting us use his site at Armourgeddon, Luke, John and Kevin for their great work managing the stands and all the other members who made it work well.
“Please wear your safety vest with pride this year as often as you can and tell others what we are doing so that they may wish to get trained next year.”
Pictures by Tim Cross

Tim Hawkes welcomes delegates to the safety training day

Fledgling fire- fighter ready for action

MVT SEM secretary Ian Gardiner demon- strates that using a water extin- guisher to put out a fuel fire is worse than useless . . . later a foam extinguisher was used to great effect

Marshal- ling practice using a Land Rover 110

A new marshal is trained

First aid training . . . putting a casualty into the recovery position

Perform- ing CPR on a dummy

Both adult and child dummies were used

Show director Tim Hawkes outlines plans for Wicksteed at War 2017

The new marshals' vests are orange but Tim's is a fetching shade of pink...

Herman the dummy meets his match under a 432

What could happen if tracked vehicles are not safely marshal- led