Local fire departments are looking to remind divers of road safety protocols when it comes to first responders.

The reminder comes as the fire fighters look to spread education on all safety fronts for Fire Prevention Week.

Christopher Brown, Firefighter with the Okotoks Fire Department, says people need to slow down when passing an incident.

"If you're passing an emergency vehicle on the highway, slow down to 60 kilometres an hour and focus on the road, not the incident."

Brown recommends drivers take a good look around before pulling out onto the road as there's often more than one emergency vehicle responding to the same incident.

He adds when in doubt, pull over.

"One of the most dangerous parts of a firefighter's job is getting to the emergency. You can help by pulling over to the right and stopping if you see an emergency vehicle."

The Okotoks Fire Department will be hosting their annual Fire Prevention Week open house on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 on Milligan Drive.


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