Thousands of Fire Department vehicles across the United States are involved in accidents when responding to emergency calls, resulting in many firefighter injuries and even deaths.
Sometimes while driving, many people panic or simply don't obey the law for approaching emergency vehicles. Drivers must yield the right-of-way to fire apparatus, fire command vehicles, ambulances and police cars. Firefighters are careful to avoid vehicle collisions by driving slowly in heavy traffic. Fire apparatus will proceed slowly or stop completely at intersections. Opticom systems at intersections change traffic signals to help emergency responders arrive on scene as quickly as possible.