Battalion Chief: Construction Won't Impact Response Times

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

Construction on Grand Avenue in Wausau is causing a lot of headaches for commuters, but how are nearby emergency responders dealing with the orange cones?

Wausau Fire Battalion Chief, Doug Beula, says they've kept in contact with the construction project manager to ensure crews can get to an emergency, even with the construction.

He says, its very important for you on the roads to be especially cautious if you hear sirens or see flashing lights.

"We really prefer if people pull fully to the right, as far as they can, yield a lane and come to a complete stop," Beula said, "because if they keep crawling along the curb and we go to go around them and make a right hand turn, there is potential for some contact, and they don't know where we're going. So its that complete stop part that make it totally safe for everyone."

He says the construction won't impact response time. With two other stations in Wausau, they'll still get to emergencies as quickly as possible.


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