Siren sounds on video clip

Fireys’ film shows driv­ers are un­moved as their truck tries to weave through traf­fic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

MT DRUITT Fire Sta­tion has filmed a day in the life of one of its crews to draw aware­ness to its frus­tra­tion when driv­ers fail to pull out of the way when they are re­spond­ing to an emer­gency.

The video was filmed over one 24-hour shift, and high­lights ve­hi­cles that hin­der the fire truck.

De­spite the siren and loud beep­ing, many driv­ers ap­pear re­luc­tant to move over.

Mt Druitt sta­tion of­fi­cer Phil Sturgess said the sta- tion wanted to use the video to re­in­force to the com­mu­nity that how they re­act can make a big dif­fer­ence in an emer­gency.

“We just wanted to keep in touch with the lo­cal com­mu­nity with our Face­book page and just give peo­ple an idea of what we are up against at times,” he said.

“Just be aware when you are driv­ing what is go­ing on around you – with us but also for any situation; things can come out of nowhere.”

He said he un­der­stood that in some sit­u­a­tions it could be dif­fi­cult to move.

“If there is a lot of traf­fic or at traf­fic lights, some­times you can’t move. That is just the way it goes, and you just have to be pa­tient.

“If you do see us com­ing, do what you can do to move safely out of the way.”

Since it was posted last week, the video has gone vi­ral, hav­ing been shared more than 10,000 times and viewed on more than half a mil­lion oc­ca­sions.

Mr Sturgess said he couldn’t be­lieve the re­sponse from the pub­lic.

“We posted the orig­i­nal video about a week ago and our Face­book has just gone crazy,” he said.

“The last time I checked there were 630,000 views – at most we might get maybe 100 likes on any given post, but this has been phe­nom­e­nal.”

Mr Sturgess said the idea for the video came af­ter one of their crew brought in a GoPro mini-cam­era to work.

“One of the guys on my crew brought in his GoPro and we de­cided to put it on the dash to see what we might get,” he said.

“Af­ter watch­ing it the con­cept just jumped out at us and we put it to­gether.”

Mr Sturgess said the video was an ex­am­ple of what hap­pened ev­ery day.

“Even af­ter the day ended we didn’t think much of it – it was just an av­er­age day.”

If you do see us com­ing, do what you can to move safely out of the way Fire­fighter Phil Sturgess

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