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Is it just me or do often fire service vehicles turn off their sirens a lot more frequently than other services? I mean, when they are responding down the road, any opportunity they go off and then re-start them shortly down the road, even if there is still traffic around. Is this a policy thing? 

Random question I know! I just noticed it when driving recently and found it a bit irritating as I couldn't take the action as early as I normally do for emergency vehicles...

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I guess it depends on the environment. In built up areas at peak times, yes they should be on really. Dual carriage ways / motorways, largely pointless. 

Policy should only really be pro-siren use, with some caveat on using them wisely in built up areas of a night. It’s the driver’s decision about how they respond using the lighting and sirens. If a collision happens, questions will very well be asked after the fact if they were not. 

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9 minutes ago, BizzieBee said:

I guess it depends on the environment. In built up areas at peak times, yes they should be on really. Dual carriage ways / motorways, largely pointless. 

Policy should only really be pro-siren use, with some caveat on using them wisely in built up areas of a night. It’s the driver’s decision about how they respond using the lighting and sirens. If a collision happens, questions will very well be asked after the fact if they were not. 

Yes, but that's the odd bit. This is on busy roads where there are corners, traffic etc. I am sure I read somewhere something about they don't use them as much.

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Just now, Wilts20 said:

This is on busy roads where there are corners, traffic etc. I am sure I read somewhere something about they don't use them as much.

Hmm. Bizarre. Whilst you’d expect drivers to be able to see a large red truck with flashing lights on in the distance, you can’t account for the sheer number of poor drivers on the road. So they should be used, really. Particularly in your example. 

I can’t say I’m up on the Waterfairy Policy, but does seem bizarre if that’s the case. I know policies differ depending on area, too. For Police, some forces place a bizarre restriction on speed for example. As to Ambulance, I’m led to believe. I’d imagine there be something in Fire policy somewhere. 

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Just now, BizzieBee said:

Hmm. Bizarre. Whilst you’d expect drivers to be able to see a large red truck with flashing lights on in the distance, you can’t account for the sheer number of poor drivers on the road. So they should be used, really. Particularly in your example. 

I can’t say I’m up on the Waterfairy Policy, but does seem bizarre if that’s the case. I know policies differ depending on area, too. For Police, some forces place a bizarre restriction on speed for example. As to Ambulance, I’m led to believe. I’d imagine there be something in Fire policy somewhere. 

Absolutely, or when they are coming around the corner etc. I tried to find it, but failed, maybe I remember incorrectly. I'm sure I am not going mad ye though...!  

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2 hours ago, BizzieBee said:

I can’t say I’m up on the Waterfairy Policy

You could always wake one up, and ask them. 😂

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The sun is out today. They’ll be oiling-up sun-bathing or washing the cars. 

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24 minutes ago, BizzieBee said:

The sun is out today. They’ll be oiling-up sun-bathing or washing the cars. 

It is here, as well. Far too warm to be stuck indoors playing table tennis or pool. At least some hose draggers know their place, though. 😂

 

 

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