Plausible Scenario - Approaching Emergency Vehicle
This is a question (scenario) asked especially of the engineers. I'm a member of a local community Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association in Texas helping our Fire Department educate the community on fire safety and awareness. During my ride-outs with the various crews I've learned to appreciate the challenges the engineers have in maneuvering apparatus around drivers who appallingly seem ignorant of the rules of the road concerning emergency vehicle operations.
One scenario, though, is a bit of a mystery and the Texas Motor Vehicle Law seems silent regarding it - and there even seems to be some debate among firefighters. Suppose you are the lead vehicle in the left lane at a traffic stop (red light), the right lane is occupied, there is no other lane through which an emergency vehicle can go around you, and the traffic light is NOT Opticon-equipped. An approaching emergency vehicle is responding Code 3 to an incident and comes up behind you. What should you as the driver do? I'm told it is against the law to proceed into the intersection against a red light, and in fact is dangerous.
From an engineer's perspective, what is the right answer and where in the motor laws or department regulations is such a scenario addressed? I want to provide a definitive answer, if possible, at our next CFA class. Thanks so much, and by the way, I really appreciate all that the firefighters/paramedics do for the citizens of this country!