ONE of the biggest impediments for fire crews responding in an emergency under lights and sirens is said to be unobservant motorists with the music blaring who get in the road of fire trucks
To overcome the issue fire engines across New South Wales are about drop the bass.
Fire and Rescue NSW pumpers around the state will be fitted with new horns and sirens that emit low frequency soundwaves.
Hearing impaired, unobservant or distracted motorists on the road are sure to know a fire engine is coming as the soundwaves are strong enough to shake nearby vehicles.
Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said the technology is being trialled along with new air horns that are distinctive.
"Increasingly we're finding that motorists don't get out of the way, or worse, they panic, put on their brakes and nearly cause accidents," Commissioner Mullins said.
The rollout will occur in coming months.
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