Emergency Vehicles & Lighting
New Emergency Lighting Research (Updated 06/29/2021).
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute has partnered with Dr. John D. Bullough, Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and Dr. Scott Parr, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona College of Engineering, on a new study of emergency lighting and the visibility of emergency responders to motorists. This study will examine how lighting characteristics like flash rate, lamp color, contrast, and placement affect human perception of the visibility of emergency responders at a roadway incident scene. The study will also consider ways to effectively mitigate the disorientation of motorists caused by the day and nighttime use of emergency warning lights to include issues of lighting color and emergency vehicle visibility/conspicuity.
In a conversation with Chief Marc Bashoor, Executive Editor of FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, Dr. Parr explains the study, what they hope to learn, additional research planned for the future, and the lab they are building at Daytona College to support ongoing research that will inform safety practices for emergency responders at roadway incident scenes.
This page will be updated as the study progresses and additional research follows, so bookmark this page to return as new information is released.
Funding for this study was made possible by the United States Fire Administration and the US Department of Justice.
- Hardening Blocking Vehicles for Traffic Incidents and Planned Special Events: Report of Workshop Proceedings. Emergency Responder Safety Institute.
- Study of Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways and Operation of Emergency Vehicles: A Review of First Responder Agencies Who Have Adopted Emergency Lighting and Vehicle Conspicuity Technology. Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association — Emergency Responder Safety Institute.
- Marked and Seen
- Responder Safety Learning Network High Visibility Innovations Module
- Emergency Vehicle Emergency Lighting and Markings Resources