Message from the Chief – Emergency Vehicles
April 8, 2022
The Fire Chief would like to remind the driving public how you can help. When Fire, Ambulance or Police Vehicles are responding to an emergency, please pull over immediately.
Emergency vehicles when using lights and sirens, whether it’s a Fire Truck, Ambulance, or Police vehicle, always have the right of way. They may appear unexpectedly. This is why you must respect and make room for them anytime you see or hear them. The wrong decisions could put you and the emergency responders at risk.
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 try to keep going by turning 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.
In addition to pulling over for approaching emergency vehicles, steer clear of them when they’ve stopped on the side of the road. In these situations, you should slow down and move over to give them space. Emergency responders face enormous risks when working on the road, so make sure you give them room to do their jobs and keep everyone safe.
Never follow these vehicles closely. The noise and lights may help you spot emergency vehicles early. The sirens mean that they need to get somewhere fast, so simply focus and avoid any distractions while driving to get out of their way.
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