On Sunday morning April 02, 2017, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in cooperation with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) opened the fourth lane in EDSA designated as the fire emergency lane.
To clearly define, the fourth lane is the fourth one from the sidewalk or the fourth from the right side of EDSA.
A fire emergency drill was conducted along EDSA-Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City wherein the scenario was a tipped-over burning car with 2 injured passengers. Though the emergency drill went smoothly and quickly maybe because of easy Sunday morning traffic, the designated fire lane will surely prove to be very effective in the future, said BFP National Capital Region Regional Director S/Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu.
“Yun ang maganda ‘pag may designated fire lane tayo, pagdating ng rush hour talagang iisa lang gagamitin niya na lane. Lahat ng firetruck ng Metro Manila iisa lang gagamitin niya na lane para yung mga motorista may pagkakataon na umiwas” Kwan Tiu said.
Because fire trucks are huge fast moving vehicles, they have a hard time responding quickly to fire emergencies especially during rush hours because they still have to avoid other vehicles on the road that sometimes often leads to causing another accident; thus, paving a way to creating a fire emergency lane.
Furthermore, during emergencies, firemen are authorized to remove the cars from “The Lane” or break the windows of parked cars blocking the fire hydrants as it is against Republic Act No. 4136 Section 46. Parking Prohibited in Specified Places– that states no driver shall park a vehicle, or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended within four meters of a fire hydrant.
To make it clearer, the designated lane will be painted with either red or yellow lines so motorists could easily identify it as the fire lane.
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