Didcot's Mayor was cut free from a crashed car in a dramatic firefighter training session.

The Mayor, councillor Mocky Khan volunteered to role-play a driver trapped inside a crumpled vehicle at the town's fire station.

He relied on the expertise of Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service to cut him free.

The aim of the exercise was to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, taking drink or drugs, and distraction.

Before the training event Andy Ford, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety manager, said: “As the Mayor of Didcot will discover, it is terrifying being trapped. But imagine if you’ve suffered major injury, or if the vehicle is ablaze, or slowly submerging in water following a crash into a river or lake.”

After the Mayor was rescued he was given a guided tour of the new training centre at Didcot Fire Station, which is now the county's central hub for road traffic collision training. The venue gives crews an all-weather facility to practice rescue techniques for a range of traffic incidents, from motorcyclists to crashes involving buses and large goods vehicles.

The car cut exercise helps trainees gain experience using rescue equipment and real people, in a safe and controlled environment. It prepares them to play a part in the ongoing road safety campaign ‘It’s not worth the risk’. The campaign highlights the contributory factors in road traffic collisions.

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For news updates straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on news@nqo.com or 01865 425 445.