South Carolina: Local fire department unveils “Highway Safety Unit” to protect first responders

There’s a new tool in Florence County to help protect the lives of first responders.

The Howe Springs Fire Rescue re-purposed one of its pick-up trucks to create what the department is calling a “Highway Safety Unit.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing the benefits of the truck and getting it out on the highway,” said Capt. Michael Page of the Howe Springs Fire Rescue.

The 2008 F-250 was already in the department’s fleet, but now it has a whole new purpose. Outfitted with a digital message board, 75 cones and a wrap that’s hard to miss, the truck will help alert drivers of crews working scenes on busy roadways, according to Page.

“Every year the statistics about emergency service personnel being struck by a vehicle while on scene increases more than it should. We are taking steps to try and prevent that from happening to our members and the citizens we serve,” the department said in a Facebook post.

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