Driver Nigel Abbott, of Mark Thompson Transport, Warrington, became the first DFA member to receive a commendation from the police in recognition of his assistance at the scene of a road traffic collision earlier this year.
Mark was travelling north on the M6 (or to be more precise, on the alpha carriageway!!), and found himself one of the first at the scene of a serious collision. The following is the report we received from one of the attending traffic officers PC Martin Smith. Martin is also one of a number of emergency services personnel who delivers DFA training on our behalf:
"At about 22.00 I attended an injury collision on the M6 between junctions 10 and 10A just north of Walsall. This was a three vehicle collision and had affected two lanes on the carriageway. On my arrival I saw a Mark Thompson Transport Tractor unit in lane 2 which was protecting the scene. I also noticed that the driver Nigel Abbott was doing a brilliant job of managing a casualty with spinal injuries. I trained this driver at his home depot recently and have to say that his vehicle positioning and casualty management were straight out of the manual. This driver acted in the most professional manner and is a credit to DFA. It should be noted that he was very conspicuous in his DFA high vis jacket. I spoke with the West Mids Ambo area response manager who also commented that Nigel had done a great job. An incident worthy of a mention in the good news forum for a job well done.”
Chief Inspector Jed White, of the Central Motorway Police Group (pictured below) read the citation to a packed audience of senior logistics and fleet professionals, before making the presentation to Nigel (standing on his left). Looking on are DFA founder and CEO, David Higginbottom (far left) and PC Martin Smith.
The presentation took place at an event held at Silverstone on Monday, 28th of September, to announce the launch of a substantial support package for DFA on behalf of major automotive component manufacturer and supplier, vGroup International.