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Tollcross Park fire (NOT)

This really frustrates me time after time.

There I am, virtually on the spot as the sirens scream and the blue light flash…

And NOTHING happens.

Tollcross Park Fire Engine

Tollcross Park Fire Engine

Once again, I watched this fire engine crawl along the road at walking pace as it hurried to some potential emergency.

Why was it crawling?

Wellshot Road is densely populated with ‘Sleeping Policemen’ – raised areas of road intended to make things ‘safer’ by preventing speeding, but they don’t discriminate, so a fully laden fire engine (ambulance, or other emergency vehicle) has no option but to creep over these obstructions to avoid damage/danger.

Sadly, they are largely ineffective against their intended victims these days (that’s cars) as chassis/suspension/engine/brakes have advanced to the stage where there is no problem in zipping BETWEEN these supposed obstacles at speed, and braking sharply to pass over them.

But, back to the actual fire engine and its arrival…

As usual (for me at least) by the time I got there, all I got to see was the team jumping back in a driving away, and nothing happened.

Same old story, and probably an automated false alarm.

BETTER than the consequences of a real shout just along the road, where we lost Shettleston Halls.

Can’t lay hands quickly on pics, so see this one here (building actually demolished as a result, leaving only façade):

Shettleston Halls – Building at Risk

 

 

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April 29, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | ,

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