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What is Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP):
Traffic signal preemption is a type of system that allows the normal operation of traffic lights to be preempted. The most common use of these systems is to manipulate traffic signals (green lights in the direction of travel) in the path of an emergency vehicle:
•halting conflicting traffic
•allowing the emergency vehicle right-of-way,
•helping to reduce response times and enhance traffic safety
EVP calls typically take 15 seconds to a minute to complete for a single emergency vehicle. Traffic Signals will automatically go back into traffic coordination once the call is complete. In most areas, police and fire/ambulance (EMS) can make EVP requests that are granted.
In any signalized intersection equipped with Emergency Vehicle Preemption, each approach – typically North, South, East and West – will have:
•a confirmation light mounted on the traffic light mast arm for each respective intersection approach
•all four approach confirmation lights will illuminate when an emergency vehicle is enroute to an emergency and makes a request for the green light
•the light illuminates and remains illuminated until the call for the green light is completed
•three of the four confirmation lights will be solid white lights indicating that the emergency vehicle is approaching from an opposing direction
o and these directions of travel are to yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle
•the approach in the direction of travel of the emergency vehicle will flash to tell the public:
o an emergency vehicle is heading in your direction of travel and to yield the right of way
Smoke Detectors Save Lives:
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
Here's what you need to know!
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
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