The Forgotten Rules of the Road: Emergency Vehicle Safety


Traveling safely on the road is important for motorists andfor drivers of emergency vehicles as well.

It can be confusing knowing what to do around medicalvehicles in town so today we're diving a little deeper on how to react.

For emergency vehicles getting to their destination can be astruggle.

Often times drivers aren't paying attention and don't noticeor aren't expecting them.

"There's a lot of distracted driving sometimes whenwe're in the flow of traffic coming with our lights on," says Kearney FireEngineer Jason Whalen.

These are occurrences happen on nearly every call foremergency personnel and it's something Good Samaritan Hospital EMT, MikeSchianost sees a lot of.

"What we request from the community from the communityis that they pull to the right for emergency vehicles, pull to the right forsirens and lights," says Schianost.

Experts also encourage those on the opposite side of theroad to pull to the right as well for precautionary measures.

This is not required by law but more so simply asked of.

Not only is it important for drivers to be cautious whilebeing passed, but also cautious on how close you're following these vehicles.

Schianost says, "Most of the activity does happen at the rear of theambulance that's where the patients are loaded and unloaded and that's where alot of equipment goes in and out and that's where a lot of personnel enter andexit through an ambulance."

Only when the emergency vehicles lights and sirens are on doyou need to follow these rules.

"If our lights and sirens aren't on then we're just anormal vehicle on the road."

But in the instance of an emergency one simple task can makea difference in a possibly life or death situation.

"If you see an emergency vehicle whether it be a policeofficer, ambulance or a fire truck just give it plenty of room on all foursides,"says Whalen.

But for emergency personnel getting to their destination safely iswhat's most important.