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Emergency Vehicles

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer you some advice on what to do if you see an emergency vehicle approaching you using flashing blue lights, headlights and/or sirens.

fire engine struggling to pass parked cars

We rely on your response to enable us to reach the scenes of emergency incidents quickly and safely.

We would like you to:

  • Don’t panic!
  • Think about the route the emergency vehicle is taking and take action to let it pass
  • Don’t brake harshly
  • If necessary, pull in to the side of the road and stop
  • Be mindful of the volume of your stereo/radio so you can hear the sirens of an approaching emergency vehicle
  • Avoid stopping before or on the brow of a hill, a bend or a narrow section of road
  • Don’t put yourself, other road users or pedestrians in danger
  • Avoid mounting the kerb
  • Before re-joining the moving traffic, check it is safe to do so and be aware of the potential that other emergency vehicles may follow.

The Highway Code also states that pedestrians should keep off the road if an emergency vehicle is approaching them using flashing blue lights, headlights and/or sirens.