The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), supported
by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ),
and in partnership with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association's
(CVVFA) Emergency Responder Safety Institute, released a guide highlighting the
findings of a study of emergency vehicle markings, lighting, and design for increased
The guide focuses on vehicles other than fire apparatus and is an excellent
resource for marking command vehicles, traffic and other support units. Ron Moore
ERSI Chief Instructor prepared the guide. The document may be viewed or downloaded
from the Resource Section of the ResponderSafety Web site either in Power Point
or PDF format.
"The USFA staff is pleased to complete this study and release this guide in support
of our goal to reduce the number of emergency vehicle crashes and injuries to all
emergency first responders," said U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell. "We are
grateful for DOJ's continued support of this effort and for the work of the CVVFA
to the benefit of the fire service, EMS and law enforcement personnel at work on
our nation's roadways."
This guide provides information on best practices in the application of various
arrangements of emergency warning devices, creative use of retro reflective decal
markings, and other innovative designs; all with the intent of increasing the visibility
of emergency vehicles to motorists approaching them. It focuses on emergency vehicles
not covered by existing standards on this area.
"Enhancing the operational safety of law enforcement officers and firefighters is
a major priority of NIJ," said John H. Laub, Director of the National Institute
of Justice. "We place a premium on partnerships like this one with the USFA because
they multiply our ability to prevent accidents and save lives."
"CVVFA is pleased to release the results of this project that will 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," said CVVFA President
Steven L. Haines. "We are grateful for the support of both USFA and NIJ in this
effort to enhance the safety of emergency responders."
Further information on USFA's emergency vehicle and roadway safety research initiatives
may be found on the USFA website.