Emergency responders need room to work

Motorists reminded to slow down when approaching and passing on-scene emergency response personnel

While responding to an incident earlier this week on an area highway, two Leduc County Fire Services firefighters were nearly struck by a passing vehicle.

Motorists are reminded to drive for weather conditions and to slow down and move over, if possible, when approaching or passing emergency response personnel who are responding to an emergency.

"The men and women who make up Leduc County Fire Services are committed to protecting life and property," says Darrell Fleming, fire chief. "We ask motorists to please give us the room we need to do our important work on-scene; slowing down and giving us room will prevent further emergencies and ensure the lives of our first responders aren't put at increased risk."

Motorists are required to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks on highways, as per the Traffic Safety Act. Failure to slow down could result in doubled speed fines.