USFA and Department of Justice Initiate Study of Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle Visibility

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), supported by the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and in partnership with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s (CVVFA) Emergency Responder Safety Institute, has initiated a study of emergency vehicle markings, lighting, and design to recommend best practices for increased visibility to approaching motorists.

USFA is committed to reducing emergency vehicle crashes and responders being struck on the roadway,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell. “We are grateful for DOJ’s support of this important study which will benefit both the fire service and law enforcement.”

The goal of this study is to develop best practices in the application of various chevron patterns, creative use of reflective decal markings, new arrangements of warning lights, and other innovative designs, all with the intent of increasing the visibility of the emergency vehicles to motorists approaching them. The study will focus on emergency vehicles not covered by existing standards in this area.

“Increasing the safety of law enforcement officers and firefighters is a key focus of NIJ,” said John H. Laub, Director of the National Institute of Justice. “Through effective emergency vehicle safety projects such as this, we are committed to reducing deaths and injuries from crashes and being struck by vehicles.”

CVVFA is pleased to work with both USFA and NIJ on this project to enhance the safety of emergency responders,” said CVVFA President Michael Sullivan. “Our goal is to support the decision makers in local fire, police, and EMS departments on ways to enhance the emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety of their organizations.”

Further information on USFA’s emergency vehicle and roadway safety research initiatives may be found on the USFA web site.