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Media Release: Call for 40kph zones at accident scenes

Firies call for mandatory 40 kph zones at accident scenes following fire truck/ bus accident fiasco yesterday

October 21, 2009

 

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The Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU) is today calling for new driving regulations to establish a 40kph speed limit where emergency services vehicles are ‘under lights.’  The call follows a serious accident yesterday on Sydney’s lower North Shore, when a bus ploughed into a fire truck under lights that was slowing to attend a car fire.

 

FBEU President Darin Sullivan said today that the Union had been pursuing RTA changes to the road rules for 12 months along these lines and had support from NSW FB management, but that the reform had become tangled up at a ministerial level.

“Yesterdays incident demonstrates the urgency of this proposed reform.  Around the world, firefighters die at work in two main ways: heart attacks and being hit by cars whilst attending motor vehicle accidents.”

“Other emergency services workers also get hit by cars regularly whilst attending motor vehicle accidents.”

“Drivers are now well trained to slow for road works, where there are 40 kph signs and at our schools.  Our suggestion is that this be extended to any emergency situation on our roads where emergency services are attending and signaling caution via keeping their lights on.”

“There needs to be a public debate about this issue and the Union is calling on the NSW Government to establish a position and give due consideration to our call.”

Media enquiries please call

FBEU NSW State President Darin Sullivan on 0422 436 044

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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