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Topic: Rescue Driving

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Danger! Icy Roads! First Responders On Scene Safely

Written by Maritza Hernandez, June 20, 2017

It is always a great feeling when we hear true stories from our customers especially when lives are saved. The following story was related to us recently about an incident witnessed by then-Assistant Chief Raymond Urich, Jr. of the Fisherville Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Halifax, PA.  Fisherville is a  community located in a mountainous area of Pennsylvania about 35 miles north of Harrisburg PA.

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Is technology the key to a shorter response time in rescue driving?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, April 29, 2017

Why response time must be reduced

For rescue operations ‘response time’ is one of the measures for effectiveness. In emergency situations response time should be as short as possible as this could be crucial for saving lives or properties at danger. Accordingly, much effort is put into reducing response times. But actually, what is response time?

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Tire chains, are they the best choice for rescue vehicles?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, March 30, 2017

Some products are so functional and effective that there is little potential to improve them. The violin, for example, was designed by the Italian master violin-makers in the 17th century. Countless efforts have been made to challenge its basic construction in order to improve it, but in vain. The violin is so close to perfect that no one has come up with a fundamental improvement during the last 350 years.

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How to discover black ice?

Written by Boel Haglund, November 16, 2016

The first winter storm of the season is often a suprise. In Sweden, we recently had our first huge snow chaos of this season, some say it was the worst snow storm in 100 years. The news reported that many had left their vehicles on the highways to walk instead and many truck drivers where stuck in the snow and had to sleep in their trucks all night long.

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How to shorten your response time in rescue driving

Written by Ulrik Andersson, September 1, 2016

Why response time must be reduced

For rescue operations ‘response time’ is one of the measures for effectiveness. In emergency situations response time should be as short as possible as this could be crucial for saving lives or properties at danger. Accordingly, much effort is put into reducing response times. But actually, what is response time?

Response time is a sum of parts

The total response time could be split into three clearly different phases:

  1. Dispatch time – This is the time elapsed from when an emergency call is received at the central until the rescue unit is notified.
  2. Turnout time – The time from when the rescue unit is notified until it is responding.
  3. Travel time – The time from responding until arriving at the incident scene.

It’s quite obvious that the potential for reducing response time will differ considerably depending on what phase we’re looking at.

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