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Incidents on the Motorway are always a worrying situation to be in, even for the fire service.
We attend many types of incident on the Motorway, RTC's & Vehicle Fires being the main two.
Even though we have stringent Motorway procedures for fending off lanes, positioning of appliances and distances etc, we still see some ridiculous behaviour.
In wet weather, drivers tend to bowl past at high speed leaving very little room for manoeuvre if anything goes wrong!
Fortunately for us, in recent times, things have become a little safer, as the Highways Agency Traffic Officers which patrol the M'way network are usually on hand to assist with closing lanes and fending off a good distance further back, but this does not stop drivers from 'rubber necking' and on some occasions 'videoing' us as they drive past.
As part of our M'way procedure we deploy an extra appliance to wait at the nearest junction, just in case it's required. This could be onto the affected carraigeway or even onto the unnaffected carraigeway, as due to 'rubber necking', congestion and incidents can occur on either side.
1. Slow down in good time & adhere to the signs displayed. The signs are on for a reason!
2. Give the incident/vehicles adequate space!
3. Take into account the weather conditions!
4. Keep your eyes ahead!
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