Siren sounds on video clip
Fireys’ film shows drivers are unmoved as their truck tries to weave through traffic
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