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 A swift response is more critical than ever for avoiding fire tragedy.

National Fire Protection Agency Response Time Standards:

The industry standard for deployment of fire fighting resources is within 4 minutes for the arrival of the first fire engine and 8 minutes for the full alarm assignment.

Personnel deployed to medical emergencies should arrive on scene within 4 minutes as established by the American Heart Association standard.

Every Minute Counts

It’s a fact that a fire doubles in size roughly every minute, as long as it has oxygen, fuel, and heat. But many of today's fires burn hotter, because the tight, energy-efficient construction that keeps out cold in the winter also keeps heat in during a fire.

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that after a fire first breaks out, you have approximately 3 minutes to escape before being overcome by heat and smoke.

Therefore, a swift response is more critical than ever for avoiding tragedy.

It is clear from the data available that the probability of a death in a fire increases as the response time increases.

Property damage is also tied to time. As response times lengthen, the average property damage in a house fire quickly increases.

General Local 336 Information 

         Move to the  Right for Sirens and Lights!

Every day, emergency vehicles respond to urgent requests for help from the public. Ohio Law mandates that drivers yield to an approaching emergency vehicles displaying emergency lights and are sounding their sirens. All drivers must know their responsibilities when approached by an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and siren sounding.

 Do you know what to do?

  • Don't panic and slam on the brakes.

  • Don’t pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.

  • Pull as near as possible to the right-hand of the roadway and stop.

  • Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.

  • If you’re traveling on a high-speed road or if there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.

  • If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in the lane to your right moves over.

  • If you cannot move to the right because of another vehicle or obstacle, just stop. Your action will let the driver of the emergency vehicle know what you are doing and allow the driver to anticipate where to drive.

  • When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stopped at an intersection, stay where you are unless you can pull to the right..

  • Be careful when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the firefighters are working.

When emergency vehicles are responding, it is the responsibility of drivers in both directions to pull to the right and stop. This is very important at intersections. As a motorist, you should pull to the right and stop before you get to an intersection. Every year in the U.S., there are almost 16,000 collisions involving fire department emergency vehicles while responding to or returning from incidents. These collisions result in over 1,000 firefighter injuries and almost fifty deaths.

 State Move Over Law