Emergency Vehicles & You

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Emergency Vehicles and You

When an emergency vehicle has its lights and siren on, it is responding to an emergency. It is the law and YOUR responsibility to:

  • Pull to the right side of the road and STOP until the emergency vehicle has passed.
  • Give all emergency vehicles the right-of-way.
  • Keep back at least 500 feet from an emergency vehicle when it is responding with lights and sirens.
  • Do not drive over fire hoses.
  • Drive carefully around an emergency scene.

At the Emergency

  • Have someone wait at the street to direct the fire and police departments to the emergency.
  • If you are a witness to the emergency, stay at the scene to provide emergency personnel with information.
  • If you are asked to move or leave the area, DO IT! The firefighters and police officers are looking out for your safety.
  • Remember, things can become very hectic in an emergency. Firefighters and police officers need to do their job in a safe way.

Some Other Tips:

  • Make sure your address is visible from the street.
  • Keep areas around fire hydrants clear of parked cars, fences, bushes, tall weeds and debris.
  • Keep bushes, trees, grass and weeds cut or trimmed to avoid the chance of brush fires.
  • If you have security bars on your windows, make sure they are fitted with inside quick releases.