Help Save A Life Campaign

Apr 13, 2010 8:13 PM

When you see red lights and hear sirens, make sure you pull over to the right side of the road to let the emergency vehicle pass. According to the Butte County Fire Department, more than sixteen thousand accidents happen every year during public safety calls. Those collisions end in injuries and over a hundred deaths. Close to eighteen agencies in the North State are trying to decrease that statistic, and want you to understand every emergency call could involve your family member. "Imagine that is who we're trying to get to and it's a life-threatening situation, you would obviously want us to get there as quickly as possible in order to take care of your loved one," Chief Jim Beery from the Chico Fire Department stated.

If a fire truck pulls behind you with its red lights on, pull over to the right and stop as soon as possible, even if you are stopped at a red light. Public safety officials want everyone to stay calm and stay at least five-hundred feet behind emergency vehicles. Don't play your radio so loud that you can not hear the sirens. Cooperation can make the difference between life and death. "When you think that brain death occurs after four to six minutes without oxygen and you think of how long it takes to call 9-1-1 and make the phone calls and get us rolling, every second counts," Captain Dave Main explained.

If you can not move to the right because of another vehicle, just stop. If you are driving on a high-speed road or if there is no room to stop, just slow down.


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