Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging all holiday makers travelling on Queensland roads to stay alert and keep an eye out for emergency vehicles.
Acting QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said the holiday season could be a busy time of the year for QFES personnel and motorists could assist emergency services by staying alert on the roads and clearing the way for responding fire appliances.
“In an emergency, every second counts and can quickly add up to minutes if motorists and motorbike riders don’t pay attention to sirens and flashing lights,” Mr Roche said.
“If motorists hear or see a fire appliance with lights and sirens on, slow down and merge to the left if it is safe to do so. This will give responding firefighters a clear passage to travel down the middle of the road.
“If you are at an intersection with a green light, you should still stop and give way to a fire appliance. By doing this and assisting us, you could potentially save a life.
“If there is one fire appliance turning out to an incident with lights and sirens on, there will most likely be another one following closely behind.
“Motorists should ensure they double check their mirrors once the first vehicle has passed by and wind down their window to listen if other sirens are close by.”
Mr Roche also asked that motorists be patient and allow firefighters space when they were reversing, manoeuvering or parking a fire appliance in confined spaces.
“Ensure you watch for signals from the driver or the appliance carefully and permit them to move in front of you, if they need to turn,” he said.
“Do not try to drive in front of the appliance while it’s reversing, as this type of driving behaviour could lead to a collision or serious accident.
“Your patience is vital – I ask all motorists and riders to be attentive around emergency vehicles when travelling on the road or in a car park, at all times, but especially over the holiday break.”