MO Fire District Tests Civilian Driver Alert System

The Eureka Fire Protection District is trying out MakeWay, a system that alerts drivers on their phones when emergency apparatus are traveling in the vicinity.

A Missouri fire district is testing a device that will try to make responding to calls and working at accident scenes safer for firefighters.

The Eureka Fire Protection District is trying out MakeWay, an alert system designed to help drivers and first responders, KTVI-TV reports. The system uses a device in an apparatus that is set off when the vehicle's emergency lights and siren are turned on. A signal is then sent to the phones of nearby drivers, so they can avoid, slow down or move over for emergency vehicles.

"It really is going to save people,”  Division Chief Scott Barthelmass told KTVI.  "It’s going to save our personnel from getting killed and it’s going to save the motoring public."

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