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I need my space campaign reminder in East Sussex

Date : 09 June 2021

As the area gets busier with more visitors enjoying our coastlines and countryside, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding motorists how they can make life easier for fire crews responding to emergencies or carrying out other key safety work.

The #INeedMySpace campaign, originally devised by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, highlights how better parking would allow more space for them to drive through.

It also reminds drivers what to do when they hear the sirens blaring.

Some will brake immediately and risk causing an accident while others try to tailgate behind the vehicle which can cause a crash - particularly if more than one engine has been sent out.

The service is also giving guidance for motorists on how best to help emergency services get to incidents.

The golden rules are:

CALM: Don’t panic or speed up in an attempt to get out of the way. Don't go through red lights or veer into a bus lane as you will still be prosecuted. Do not attempt to outrun a fire engine. You are not allowed to drive down the hard shoulder. You will still be breaking the law.

ALERT: Turn distracting music down and check mirrors to help determine the direction and number of emergency vehicles. Look for somewhere safe to pull in but avoid kerbs, pavements, bends and junctions. Watch out for other motorists braking suddenly.

RESPONSE: Indicate, check your mirror and move to the left when it is safe to do so. Wait patiently to ensure all emergency vehicles have gone and then safely move back out into traffic.

In addition to these guidelines the public are urged to give a stationary emergency service vehicle a wide berth when moving around it.

It is never acceptable to park on the grounds of a fire station without a legitimate reason.

The Highway Code rule 219: Emergency and Incident Support vehicles. 

You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens or flashing headlights, or traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights. 

When one approaches do not panic. 

Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs. 

If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road. 

Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb. 

Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you.


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