Firemen get in each other's way

19th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2007, MIDDELKERKE - In the coastal town of Middelkerke no fewer than 6 fire engines were called out early Saturday morning to free a driver trapped in his car after an accident. As unbelievable as it sounds, the reason for the overreaction to the emergency is the lack of a new federal government. There were clearly too many firemen for the extent of the accident. The fire departments in Middelkerke, but also in neighbouring Diksmuide, were called out simultaneously to come to the aid of one man

19 November 2007

MIDDELKERKE - In the coastal town of Middelkerke no fewer than 6 fire engines were called out early Saturday morning to free a driver trapped in his car after an accident. As unbelievable as it sounds, the reason for the overreaction to the emergency is the lack of a new federal government.
 
There were clearly too many firemen for the extent of the accident. The fire departments in Middelkerke, but also in neighbouring Diksmuide, were called out simultaneously to come to the aid of one man trapped in his car. The result was too many firemen, getting into each other's way and rendering effective emergency aid difficult.

Under the new legislation, it is no longer the nearest fire station that is automatically called out for assistance, but rather the one that, according to the computer, can get to the scene of the accident the fastest.

The problem is that the new regulation is only partially in place.

As long as there is no new federal government, the former regulation is implemented alongside the new regulation.  The new regulation must still be approved as part of the new fire department law.

However, in order for this to happen there must be a new Minister of the Interior.

The fire departments are demanding more clarity to avoid a repeat of such an incident.

Apart from inefficient use of emergency services, it is also a waste of resources and money.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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