05/03/11 104 W - + 8 - 3 Slow Down

We've often blogging about our favorite fire bloggers to the north. Today let's stay close to home and blog about a local blogger and paramedic (and frequent participant here). His soapbox is named 9-ECHO-1, which the code for a code. The blog address is http://9-echo-1.blogspot.com. The latest posting is first-person account of him and the Missus in their personal vehicle and in proximity of an emergency call. They observe the fire unit, which enters the intersection in a cautious fashion. They observe the EMS unit, which goes through the intersection at a considerable faster clip. Read the narrative yourself.

Good One DJ. I drove Ladder truck yesterday on a call for first time in LONG time. I was on 4 lane and had open right lane and almost took it, then Engineer who was riding Officer reminded me to go left. Its the little things and complacency that is going to get us hurt. I teach driving and know to always pass on the left.
Apex Batt Chief - 05/03/11 - 09:10

From that blog: “And that electronic siren you have on that ambulance? Set it on wail. Leave it. Stop playing with it. ĎETí canít hear you.”

Ha! Good stuff! The police cars have this weird “phaser” type siren on them, which I suppose sounds like it’s making lots of noise. But in reality, I think it makes the siren not catch as much attention. I used to be one of those that spent as much time changing the siren mode as I did driving. But now, I agree: leave it on wail.
rfburns - 05/03/11 - 11:41

you know how many times as you’re clearing an intersection and a driver (often distracted) fails to yield right of way and you ask yourself… “where’s a cop when you need one?”

Well yesterday as we were responding to a call and approaching an intersection which had just yellow to red lighted us, we slowed, stopped and watched a car with a driver on the phone gun it through the intersection as the remainder of the vehicles remained stopped. When we cleared the intersection we noticed a black and white sitting at the same intersection, gave him a glance, he whipped a U turn and had what I’m sure was a learning conversation with said driver. The amazing part is even after the driver looked right at us, watched us turn behind him, he continued down the road, in the left lane, at full bore. Sometimes it just happens that an officer is at the right place at the right time.

Slow down, control the intersections, and drive for the conditions.
shevais - 05/03/11 - 11:45

I read each and every DJ post on his blogs. He is always spot on with each and every post. We are lucky to have folks
like him in our Public Safety circles here in NC. Rock on DJ, Rock on!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 05/03/11 - 18:54

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