Column: How to safely navigate different intersections

  • Source: Firerescue1
  • Published: 02/16/2017 12:00 AM

It is critical for every emergency service organization to adopt and put into practice intersection guidelines for emergency vehicle operators. At a minimum, these standard operating guidelines should include the following recommended practices. Controlled Intersections: Any intersection controlled by a stop sign, yield sign or yellow or red traffic light requires a complete stop by the emergency vehicle driver if all visible traffic in all lanes cannot be accounted for. In addition, these steps must be followed: Do not rely on warning devices to clear traffic. Scan the intersection for possible hazards (right turns on red, pedestrians, vehicles traveling fast, etc.), as well as driver options.


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