Department Vehicles

Valuable Assets

The most valuable asset of any fire service organization are the firefighters who carry out the necessary tasks every day. In order for the firefighters to be the most effective they can be, tools and equipment are required. The firefighters are extremely skilled in the operations of this equipment, some of which is very complex.

A fire truck is a good example. Not so many years ago, fire trucks were fairly simple pieces of equipment to operate that would pump 500 - 1,000 gallons of water per minute. Today, they are controlled by computerized electronics and safety features and are capable of pumping 2,000 gallons per minute. While fire trucks are very expensive to purchase initially, their useful life is calculated to be 20 years.

Another good example is the ambulance. When EMS started in the fire service in the 1970s, many departments worked out of converted Chevy Suburbans or Cadillac station wagons with a limited amount of equipment. Today, ambulances are nearly rolling emergency rooms with sophisticated equipment and paramedics.
Squad - Engine 63
Flashing emergency lights
Go Right for Lights and Siren
Every day, emergency vehicles respond to urgent requests for help from the public. The call may be for a fire alarm or someone having a heart attack. All drivers must know their responsibilities when approached by an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and siren sounding.
Do you know what to do?
  • Don't panic and slam on the brakes.
  • Pull as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb and stop.
  • Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.
  • Don't stop in the middle of a curve.
  • Don't stop on or while cresting a hill.
Precious minutes lost while responding to an emergency can be the difference between life and death. Help us help others by pulling to the right and stopping!