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MONOC recently released a PSA on the effectiveness of lights & sirens & how care is still needed to avoid collisions & injury. It turns out that lights & sirens are not nearly as effective in warning drivers & pedestrians as one might think. This means that the available response time is very small.

MONOC suggests care & vigilance even while driving with lights & sirens. As for speed & aggressive driving, they show how it  may result in more patients than those in the back of the ambulance. They even go as far as to suggest regular driving without lights & sirens in certain select cases.

For references & a free copy, visit MONOC.org.

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A motorcycle waiting to merge into traffic (what else was he waiting there for?) was struck by a car. The bike went flying. The cyclist more so. Luckily an ambulance pulled up just in time. Would’ve been interesting if this ambulance came.

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Hybrid & electric cars are increasing their numbers on the road. But this means that more MVA’s involve these cars. Firefighters have unique concerns in these situations, such as electrocution, an exploding battery & the lack of noise when a car is running & even moving.  So firefighters in Seattle are getting trained by car experts on battery-charged electric & hybrid cars. 

FYI, electrocution & exploding batteries are not such a big concern. The silent engine is.

Sources: KING 5 News, FireRescue1.com

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Talk about rapid response! Martino Auto Concepts, an auto detailer in Glen Cove, New York, has transformed a Lamborghini Murcielago into a fire response vehicle, complete with a full complement of lights & sirens,  G.C.F.D. badging & other fire response-oriented hilights. The car’s modifications were designed & built in honor of Glen Cove Fire Department’s 175 years of service to the community. The company claims this is the only Lamborghini rapid response unit in existence.

As if a Lamborghini wasn’t attention-grabbing enough already!

Sources: CarBuzz, EMS1.com

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