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SA doctors conduct Rally safety drill in Kenya

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Picture of doctors put on a drill of rescuing injured driver at Simba Union.

Picture of doctors put on a drill of rescuing injured driver at Simba Union.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7- Top Kenyan doctors and Nairobi City County fire brigade staff were put through rescue and extraction drill of accident victims by motorsport experts from South Africa in an initiative introduced by the Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF) to make awareness for motorsport competitors and fans.

The experts, Steve Harding, Richard Leekey and Nick Dollman, from Motorsport Training Africa, directed fire fighters to part demolish a rally car by cutting through the roof in the practical procedure to extract an injured crew in the event held at Simba Union Club on Sunday.

The doctors were showed how to deal with such situations in real life using the latest equipment and technology.

This expensive practical lessons are part of the safety and medical standards of the International Motorsport Federation (FIA) introduced to make the sport safer.

FIA restored training the grant to KMSF, the only federation in the world which does not host an FIA world or regional competition, last year to upgrade standards in tandem with what is happening in the world.

Leekey said South Africa is very advanced in rescue operations in motorsport and Kenya as a leading African country has shown the enthusiasm to embrace latest safety standards.

The training seminar which started on Saturday is the fourth in a series of sessions which have so far covered on medical, safety and technical aspects of motorsport.

This is coming a week after a cameraman was killed in a car accident at an autocross competition at Jamhuri Park.

KMSF chairman Phineas Kimathi said they will continue to use the FIA grant to empower officials technically.

Plans also to train journalists on safety of drivers and themselves is also in the pipeline.

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