Emergency vehicles shall be operated in compliance with the State Emergency Motor Vehicle Code. This code provides specific legal exceptions to regular traffic regulations that apply to Fire Department vehicles only when responding to an emergency incident or when transporting a patient to a medical facility in an emergency mode.
Emergency response does not absolve the driver or the company officer of any responsibility to drive with due caution.
Donít move your emergency vehicle until you and all passengers are seated safely and wearing seatbelts.
The driver of the emergency vehicle and its officer are responsible for its safe operation at all times.
The use of sirens and warning lights does not automatically give the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle. These emergency devices are simply requesting the right-of-way from other drivers, based on their awareness of the emergency vehicle presence.
How far does the sound of a siren travel?
Emergency vehicle drivers and company officers must make every possible effort to make their presence and intended actions known to other drivers, and must drive defensively to be prepared for the unexpected or inappropriate actions of others.
Never assume that another vehicle is aware of the presence of yours. Todayís vehicles have noise insulation, powerful radios, and air conditioning that lessen the effectiveness of horns and sirens.
Dark tinted windows will make emergency lights difficult for drivers to see. Additionally, some emergency lights may be difficult to see in the day light.
All intersections require prudent action by the emergency vehicle driver. The following steps should be followed:
At any time an emergency vehicle driver approaches an unguarded rail crossing he/she shall bring the apparatus or vehicle he/she is operating to a complete stop before entering the grade crossing. In addition the emergency vehicle driver shall perform the following prior to proceeding:
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Maintaining control of your vehicle