Each day, Portland Fire & Rescue responds to hundreds of emergency calls. It is important that firefighters reach the site of the emergency quickly and efficiently because time that is lost on the way to an emergency could make a huge difference. When approaching an emergency vehicle, drivers should:
- Remain calm
- Pull to the right as far as possible, and STOP!
- Stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles
- Have loud music or other distractions in the car that prevent you from hearing sirens
- Stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull right
- Try to beat the emergency vehicle across an intersection
When you are approaching an emergency vehicle that is on scene, or has lights activated, remember to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle and slow your speed.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
November 11, 2010