Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Pull over for Safer Passage

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Pull over for Safer Passage

Article excerpt

CARS stopping dead in the middle of the road are just one difficulty firefighters must face when they are heading to an emergency.

Tweed Heads firefighters understand how daunting a flashing red truck and loud siren can be, therefore want to remind drivers of how they should react.

"We get a lot of people freezing up when we come up behind them," senior firefighter Conor Maguire said.

"A lot of people jump on the brakes and a few people speed up because they just don't know what to do.

"At the end of the day, all they need to do is look where we are, put their indicator on and pull over to the left."

If everyone safely pulls to the left it will give the fire truck a straight run through, Mr Maguire said.

"We don't like to undertake, only overtake."

Mr Maguire said despite their loud siren, drivers often do not hear them until the truck is very close.

"Cars are so well insulated these days they don't hear us," he said.

"And then they freak out because by the time they do hear us we're right behind them. …

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