View from the Street – April 2013

 Traffic Engineers can greatly improve the safety of  First Responders and the driving public by installing  Emergency Vehicle Preemption systems of  traffic signals.   An example of the very high cost of  intersection accidents happened  On July 26, 2010  when  TWO  Rocky Mount , Virginia Firefighters were killed.  NIOSH   Recommendation #6: Municipalities and authorities having jurisdiction should consider the use of intersection control devices on emergency vehicles and selected traffic lights.

   http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201019.html

                       

Emergency Vehicle Preemption of Traffic Signals

 http://www.gtt.com/gtt-applications-emergency-response  

     • Reduce intersection crash rates by up to 70%
     • Improve response times by up to 25%
     • Minimize investment for stations and vehicles
     • Decrease liability for crashes with other motorists
     • Increase adherence to NFPA Standard 1710

 

                               2013  Killed in the Line of Duty
   Police Officers  24  http://www.odmp.org/search/year?year=2013
   Fire Fighters    13   http://www.firehero.org/   NFA  http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/ 
   EMS                     10   http://www.nemsms.org/notices.htm
   Towers              06   http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org/

   Eric  Reddeck   HRFSOC@cox.net
   National Fallen Firefighters Foundation * Everyone Goes Home *- Advocate    http://www.everyonegoeshome.com 

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