P.A. firefighters urge driver caution in emergencies

By Charlene Tebbutt
November 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

Prince Albert firefighters were called to help clean up a chemical spill in a recent incident that also highlights the importance of safe driving in areas involving first responders.

The Prince Albert Fire Department posted information about the incident on social media saying firefighters were called to an incident involving pool chemicals in the 100 Block of 34 St. W. Emergency crews were dealing with the spill and evacuating and ventilating parts of the building, but also used the post to remind drivers of the rules of the road.  

“Roads blocked by fire apparatus or pylons are done for your safety,” the posts reads. It is unacceptable to drive around or though parked apparatus with emergency lights flashing or through pylons placed across the road.”

Deputy Fire Chief Corey Rodgers said drivers need to be more aware and use caution when they encounter emergency lights.

“We just want to make sure that people are being more diligent and aware of the emergency scenes,” Rodgers told paNOW. “At the end of the day if they can avoid the area, it’s best.”

The tragic death last week of a volunteer firefighter from Rosetown has put the issue of road safety at emergency scenes into focus once again. Drivers are being reminded to slow down and obey traffic signs and lights at emergency scenes and in construction zones.

Rodgers said impatient or distracted drivers risk the safety of everyone around them.

“It creates another thing that we have to be aware of, and obviously there are safety concerns around it.”

Fire crews were at the building for about an hour Friday. Rodgers said the chemicals were safely cleaned up.



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