Updated 14:54 PM PHT Mon, April 3, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) — Fire trucks will soon have to use the fourth lane along EDSA when responding to fires as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated it as a fire lane.
This means that when responding to a fire or returning to their station, fire trucks will be required to stay in the fire lane.
By making the fourth lane from EDSA's right side as the fire lane, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional Director for NCR Senior Supt. Wilberto Kwan Tiu says both north and south bound motorists can move their vehicles to either the third or fifth lanes whenever they see or hear a fire truck approaching.
Kwan Tiu said, "Yung response time namin ay talagang bababa knowing na ang mga motoristang nauuna sa amin, alam na nila na dapat silang mag-give way."
[Translation: Our response time will really go down know that motorists in front of us will know they must give way.]
MMDA officials conducted a dry run this morning to demonstrate how fire trucks will use the fire lane.
Fire trucks coming from the EDSA-McKinley intersection used the fire lane in responding to an incident involving a burning vehicle along Boni Avenue.
Their travel time took around five minutes, partly because traffic along EDSA was generally smooth.
Kwan Tiu said EDSA's fourth lane will be painted with either red or yellow lines soon so motorists will know it is the fire lane.