Ever approach a scene and be unable to see the scene because of wayyy too many warning lights being used at “hi intensity” all at the same time? Of course you have.
Some fire apparatus operators shut many of their lights off. Some leave all lights on and then add floodlights, so we can see at night. Other places have fire vehicle lighting that’s just a blur-and really hard for drivers to figure out. Regardless, it’s a mixed message of confusing on scene emergency lighting that requires a clearer look.
With the change in emergency vehicle lighting to LEDs, there are increasing concerns about the increasing intensity and the risks to Firefighters and other emergency responders caused by blinding and distracting effects on drivers and others in the area.
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute, realizing the problem, took action and the results of their action is now available in a new report. This report details the history of how the current fire apparatus lighting standards were developed, summarizes the last 20 years of research on emergency lighting, and has the results of a study done in May 2019 specifically addressing what changes should be made to fire apparatus lighting standards in response to the change to LED lighting.
HERE is the report…and it’s well worth reading as it proposes an automatic “system” that automatically manages your emergency lights based upon response, on-scene (vehicle in park), day or night…it’s pretty cool.
More good stuff from ERSI & their home agency, the Cumberland Valley Vol. Fireman’s Association.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.