On 17 July 2020 Fire and Emergency NZ issued an instruction to operational personnel regarding traffic management at incidents.
The UFBA has since been contacted by members who have raised concerns about its fitness for purpose. They argue that this instruction has effectively eliminated the most used function of the operational support unit. They note that, in a rural environment, the police cannot provide enough resources for traffic control and that temporary traffic management services are often very slow to arrive.
This will impact on brigade safety and volunteer time.
Traffic management mitigates the risk of collision in the immediate aftermath of a road accident. Members are concerned for the safety of motorists after a crash has occurred, often crashes are in dangerous locations that involve traffic backing up.
Is this an issue for your brigade?
What outcome would your brigade like to see?
Other questions raised by brigades are specifically about the instruction provided by Fire and Emergency NZ to “use operational support units who have the appropriate temporary traffic management training and equipment”. These members would like to understand what training and equipment are required for OSU to resume conducting traffic control? Will Fire and Emergency pay for this training and equipment procurement?
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Your feedback will be reviewed by the MAP and a statement provided to Fire and Emergency if solutions can’t be found at a local level.
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