Message from the Chief – Emergency Vehicles
July 14, 2022
The Fire Chief would like to remind the driving public how they can help when they encounter an Emergency Vehicle on the road. Most importantly, when Fire, Ambulance or Police Vehicles are responding to an emergency, please pull over immediately.
When Emergency Vehicles are using lights and sirens, whether it’s a Fire Truck, Ambulance, or Police vehicle, remember… they always have the right of way. They may appear unexpectedly! However, the noise and lights may help you spot emergency vehicles early. The sirens indicate that they need to get somewhere fast. That’s why you must respect and make room for them anytime you see or hear them. A wrong decisions could put you and the emergency responders at risk. Never follow these vehicles closely.
Therefore, please remember, the most important thing you can do in these situations is to pull over immediately. Let these vehicles pass safely. You should never stop in an intersection or turn down another road. You cannot anticipate where these vehicles are headed, so just pull safely to the side of the road and wait for them to pass.
Also, when Emergency Vehicles are parked at the scene, steer clear of them. In this situation, you should slow down and move over. Emergency responders face enormous risks when working on the road. So, please make sure you give them room to do their jobs and keep everyone safe.
In addition, when Emergency Vehicles are returning to the Fire House, please STOP your vehicle and allow them to back into the building safely.
We appreciate your patience and support!
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