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 EMS1.com.
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.
Don’t Drive as Fast as the Fire Truck Will Go
Don’t Drive as Fast as the Ambulance Will Go
Don’t Drive as Fast as the Police Car Will Go