Ambulance Lights: Essential to EMS Workers
Emergency lights on ambulances are necessary to allow EMS workers to do their jobs properly. Without ambulance lights, including EMS dash lights, an EMS worker would find the most common task of their shift - that is, driving to emergency situations - much more difficult to complete. In fact, without the proper warning lights and additional emergency vehicle equipment, the job of an EMS worker would be far more dangerous. Below we will go over the purpose of an ambulance light and the ways these lights aid EMS workers in their daily tasks.
In general the kinds of emergency lights used by ambulances are:
Ambulance Lights Alert Drivers of an Approaching Emergency Vehicle
The primary purpose of ambulance lights is to alert drivers of an approaching ambulance. When an ambulance is en route to an emergency call for help, it is vital that they activate their vehicle's ambulance light immediately. This is essential because ambulance lights provide other drivers, and anyone else in the path of an emergency vehicle, with advanced warning of an approaching emergency vehicle. With proper notice, drivers and sometimes pedestrians can make the proper decisions to allow an ambulance with activated ambulance lights to pass through an area easily. Most commonly, drivers will pull over to the side of the road, which allows ambulances to pass easily, and pedestrians will not cross the street until an ambulance has passed their location. This is especially important when an ambulance must pass through an extremely busy or congested area en route to an emergency.
Enhancing Ambulance Visibility on the Road
In addition to providing drivers with advanced notice of their approach, emergency lights also improve an ambulance's visibility on the road, even during daylight or nighttime hours. Standard ambulance lights include a light bar, surface mount lights, grille lights, and a variety of others. To determine what type of light is appropriate for a particular ambulance, it is important to be aware of local, state, and federal state statutes. However, no matter what light is chosen as part of an ambulance's arsenal, drivers can rest assured that any light will increase an ambulance's visibility on the road. Increased visibility allows ambulance drivers and EMS workers to do their jobs better because it allows them to stay safe, which permits them to concentrate purely on the people who call on them in an emergency.
Need help choosing the proper lights for your emergency vehicle fleet? If so, check out our State-by-State-Guide to Emergency Vehicle Lights.