EMS Tips

Ambulance Siren Doesn’t Help Patients

Turn off the lights. Turn off the sirens. Get to the patient safely and alive.

The evidence for ambulance siren and red light use was the subject of a NHTSA Office of EMS Focus webinar. The most interesting (and new to me) discussion point is that ambulance siren and red light use may discourage some patients from calling for an ambulance.

The evidence for ambulance use of lights and sirens, and recommendations for response and transport benchmarks were presented by Douglas Kupas, MD. Keep reading at

Then click to FireRescue1 to read “4 types of drivers you’ll encounter when driving the rig” and one of the best tips I have read on emergency vehicle driving.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.