There are multiple hazardous conditions that exist on our streets and highways, and many more dangerous situations that emergency vehicle drivers can create or compound. Following some very simple guidelines can remove and/or reduce the danger that exists in many of these situations. Keep your speed at a rate that will allow you to stop before impact as you approach an intersection. If there is a red light, stop for it. After visually clearing each lane, one at a time, proceed with caution through the intersection.
With a few minor changes in mindset we see that safe passage for emergency vehicle operators relies on accepting that the public's responsibility is ill defined from their perspective, and the emergency vehicle operator must accept and adjust to this reality.
- Don't Become A Statistic
- Developing Procedures For Emergency Vehicle Response
- Safe Intersection Practices
- Responding In Personal Vehicles
- What's Your Speed Limit?
- Lights, Sirens...Action!
- Emergency Vehicle Driver Training: More Important Than Ever
- Selecting Emergency Vehicle Drivers
- Taking Control of Traffic - Electronically
- Emergency Vehicles and Intersections: Educating the Public
- Event Data Recorders - The "Black Box" for Safer Response
- Emergency Vehicle Driving and Traffic Preemption
- Does Motivation Affect Firefighters?
- Emergency Vehicle Response Near Misses
- Highway Safety: A Practical Approach
- The Importance of Motor Vehicle Record Check Programs
- VFIS Operation Safe Arrival Website
Chuck Van Natter has been active with career and volunteer emergency services for over 25 years. In 2003, he retired from the Department of Fire and Rescue Services of York, PA, where he was a career firefighter. Chuck is a certified instructor with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, and is certified by Health Communications, Inc. as a TIPS (their alcohol servers program) instructor.