Wandin Fire Brigade warns drivers to take care this summer on Victorian roads.
It was an exceptionally busy Melbourne Cup long weekend for Wandin Fire Brigade, whose members were called to eight incidents from Friday October 29 to Tuesday November 2.
The brigade was paged to seven building and vehicle rescues and one call to assist Ambulance Victoria with a patient inside a house.
Lt. Darryn Goss, of Wandin Fire Brigade said the weather had not only impacted houses but drivers who were also caught in the conditions.
“Three of the rescues were drivers extensively trapped in vehicles. Our brigade is highly trained in road rescue, but it is a skill we never want to use,” he said.
“It’s an important reminder for Victorians who are getting back on the roads to take care behind the wheel. Remove distractions, don’t speed and always drive to the conditions.”
Lt. Goss said many are keen to visit Victoria’s beautiful rural locations now that travel restrictions have eased but aren’t familiar with the sometimes challenging roads.
“While travelling this summer, it’s important to take extra care when driving on new roads for the first time.”
Wandin Fire Brigade responded alongside a number of local CFA brigades over the course of the weekend and Fire Rescue Victoria crews.
Ambulance Victoria, VICSES and Victoria Police were also on scene supporting patient care, building access and traffic management during the road crashes over the weekend.
All patients were successfully extricated and transported to hospital for care.