Tipperary farming: FRS drives home safety message among young people

FRS advises

Tipperary farming: FRS drives home safety message

Students from St Brendans Community School in Birr who completed a course in Safe Tractor Driving skills in FRS Roscrea with their teacher, and FRS trainer Tom Duffy. Byrne Machinery, Roscrea, sponsor

Farm accidents and fatalities still remain a huge cause for concern and at FRS we believe that farming safely and responsibly begins with training our youths.

We have run the FRS Safe Tractor Driving course with many groups of young people, but it should be a course that is ran in every second level school in the country.

With the annual fatalities on Irish farms extremely high– farming is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and farm safety education should be part of every school curriculum.

FRS Training has provided a one day safe tractor driving course since 1996 and has trained thousands of teenagers around the country.

It is the only one of its kind in the country and is aimed at teenagers from 14 to 16 years.

The purpose of this course is to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out the daily checks for the tractor and to drive and operate tractors with relevant equipment and attachments to the required standard.

The course itself is one-day long and is available to all schools, once we get a group of 15 students. FRS then arranges all the set up required in their local area in a very short time.

This course is supported by FBD Trust, and, therefore, the cost is only €30 per student. Anyone interested should contact our office at 0505-31586 or 1890-201000 and visit where full details of course content is available.

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