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Rubbernecking, it’s not all right

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February 17, 2017

Kyabram Fire Brigade captain Mick Crompton advised the community to stay away from fires as an influx of traffic can make fighting a fire or dealing with an emergency difficult.

WHILE it can be tempting to check out the scene of an emergency, rubberneckers should steer clear and allow emergency workers to do their job

Kyabram Fire Brigade captain Mick Crompton advised the community to stay away from fires as an influx of traffic can make fighting a fire or dealing with an emergency difficult.

‘‘People coming to look at the scene of an emergency causes problems for us,’’ he said.

‘‘Onlookers pose a risk to us and themselves. We advise people to stay away from the scene of an emergency and let personnel do their job.’’

While curiosity from the community was expected, Mr Crompton said the free access to information makes it easy for people to see where an emergency is unfolding.

“Anyone can see where we are. This is good because accurate emergency information is vital but it also means we have people coming to look at what’s going on and getting in the way,” he said.

“Fire can be unpredictable. A situation may look safe to the public but can change in an instant. The best thing to do is stay away.”

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