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Road traffic collisions when travelling to emergency incidents

Hazard Knowledge

Significant hazards can be presented by the movement of people and vehicles to emergency incidents. Vehicles may need to be taken through floods, snow, ice or adverse road conditions to arrive safely at the incident ground, rendezvous point (RVP), station or designated destination.

Other factors that may increase the likelihood of road traffic collisions (RTCs) are:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Perception of urgency
  • Peer pressure
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs

Emergency vehicles

Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Section 87) Fire and rescue service vehicles are exempt from speed limit provisions when travelling to emergency incidents. Increased speeds increase the risk of collision and other hazards that may delay or prevent personnel arriving safely at the incident ground. Emergency vehicles may also be required to go off normal roadways and through restricted gaps.