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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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Chief Ernie Rhodes suggests using the blunt end of a fire ax when ventilating a roof rather than the cutting end. This makes for a faster and more efficient way to ventilate.

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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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WDEF CBS Chattanooga, TN
Jan. 06, 2013. 11:03 PM EST

Local EMS crews say they’ve noticed a disturbing trend. When in an ambulance responding to an emergency, motorist do not yield the right-of-way. This can be a danger not only to the patient by delaying advanced treatment at the hospital, but to the EMTs in the ambulance as well.

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