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Safety whilst driving

If you encounter a fire engine or other emergency vehicle using flashing lights or a siren, it is en route to an emergency. Consider the following advice given in the highway code.

  • Do not panic.
  • Consider the route of the emergency vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass.
  • If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but do not endanger other road users.
  • If you are in heavy traffic, stopping may prevent the emergency vehicle from passing. In this situation it may be more helpful for you to continue moving until you find a more suitable place to pull over where the emergency vehicle can pass.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is ready to help you, around the clock, 365 days a year. But before we can help you we have to get to you quickly and safely. 

Many of our roads in the built up areas of towns and even in the villages are not designed to take large goods vehicles, but that is exactly the size of our fire engines. To get to you quickly we must have clear access. Fire fighters learn the street layouts in the areas they serve, but very often our progress is slowed because of poor parking on narrow streets.

You can help your community by considerate parking of vehicles. Whenever you leave your vehicle, take a moment to ensure that a fire appliance would not be hampered by your vehicle. After all, the fire engine may be coming to help you or your family!

As a guide a fire engine requires a width of approximately 3.5 metres or 10 feet to pass.

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