Wisbech firefighters hand out hi-vis to make people living by roadside safer
PUBLISHED: 16:04 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 05 April 2017
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters have been handing out hi-vis jackets to cut the number of accidents along part of the A47.
After attending number of collisions near the town, Wisbech firefighters found a pattern to those involved in the accidents.
Having identified a community living in poor conditions on the side of the road, the crew obtained a number of high visibility jackets and distributed them free of charge so when walking along the busy road, wearers would be seen by oncoming traffic.
They asked the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech, for support in how to engage the community and visited the centre recently to distribute the jackets to people at the centre.
Watch Commander Phil Pilbeam said: “We spend a great deal of time out and about in our communities identifying and supporting the most vulnerable people and this is no different.
“After identifying the trend in the incidents we were responding to, we discussed and came up with the idea of providing hi visibility jackets for free to those who’d benefit from them. This will now help keep these people visible, and safer, during the dark nights.”