Apparatus

Should Fire Trucks Obey Red Lights?

Believe it or not, whether or not fire apparatus should stop at red lights was actually debated at one time. In October 1934, Chief William H. Gardner wrote in Fire Engineering, “Fire departments are today confronted with the increasing congestion of traffic conditions which seriously handicaps their speed in answering the alarm of fire. Modern traffic cannot adjust itself immidiately on the approach of fire apparatus—advance warning is necessary at important street intersections in the form of a signal to rise above the roar of street traffic announding teh approach, or possible approach, of fire apparatus.”

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