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Encyclopedia > Emergency vehicle

An emergency vehicle is any vehicle that responds to an emergency. Specialised equipment on board some vehicles helps responders in their tasks. Sirens and/or lights are often used to notify other motorists of the presence of an emergency vehicle. Depending on local laws, non-emergency vehicles may be required to yield the right of way to emergency responders. Vehicles are non-living means of transportation. ... An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate threat to human life or serious damage to property. ... This page discusses common devices known as tools, for other meanings see Tool (disambiguation) Modern hammer A tool is, among other things, a device that provides a mechanical or mental advantage in accomplishing a task. ... In common language, a task is part of a set of actions which accomplish a job; the sense is that useful work is getting done. Task analysis is the analysis or a breakdown of exactly how a task is accomplished, such as what sub-tasks are required. ... Pneumatic siren Sirens are devices making sound to alarm others, such as the air raid siren or the sirens on emergency service vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and fire engines. ... In addition to all of the equipment that a non-emergency vehicle is fitted with (eg: headlights, steering wheel, windshield/windscreen), emergency vehicles are fitted with additional emergency vehicle equipment. ...


Emergency vehicles are usually dispatched from a centre that takes calls from an emergency telephone number, such as 9-1-1 or 1-1-2. A dispatch can be: A report sent to a newspaper by a correspondent. ... A call centre (Commonwealth English) or call center (American English) is a centralized office of a company that answers incoming telephone calls from customers (often for the purposes of product support), or that makes outgoing telephone calls to customers (telemarketing). ... A telephone call is a connection over a telephone network between the calling party and the called party. ... Many countries public telephone networks have a single emergency telephone number, sometimes known as the universal emergency telephone number or occasionally the emergency services number, that allows a caller to contact local emergency services for assistance. ... Most emergency vehicles in the US and Canada display Emergency 911 9-1-1 (nine-one-one) is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Emergency telephone number. ...


Emergency vehicles include:

Engine 4 in Chico, California. ... An ambulance is a vehicle designated for the transport of sick or injured people. ... A police car, police cruiser, squad car, or patrol car is a vehicle used by police forces around the world to patrol, temporarily detain and transport individual criminal suspects. ... A Police motorcycle is a motorcycle used by various police departments. ... A Police bicycle is a land vehicle used by various police departments. ... Heavy Tow truck A tow truck, also sometimes called a wrecker, is an emergency service vehicle used to take disabled motor vehicles off the roadway to another location in case of breakdown or collision. ... Official seal of the LAPD SWAT. SWAT (an acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics; originally Special Weapons Assault Team) is a specialized paramilitary police unit in major United States city police departments, which is trained to perform dangerous operations. ... Bomb disposal is the process by which hazardous devices are rendered safe. ... cars go vroom vroom . ...

Colors and livery

Each department tends to have its own color and design scheme for its vehicles. These designs change from time to time, though, so it is possible to encounter two paint schemes for vehicles from the same service, if the older vehicles are not repainted after the scheme is changed. Also, smaller departments may not be able to afford custom painting of their equipment; in this case they will match the color of each new vehicle as closely as possible to the rest of their fleet. Color and design choices reflect several needs: fleet, see Fleet. ...

  • identification of the department (New York State Police, City of Tokyo Fire Department) to which the vehicle belongs. In the United States and other places, ambulances have the word "ambulance" written backwards across their hood, so that drivers of vehicles in front of them can read the word in their rear-view mirror.
  • a vehicle ID number, which may merely be for the purposes of keeping track of the vehicle (for maintenance, etc) or may also be the unit number. Many vehicles also display their vehicle number on their roof or trunk lid (boot lid), to be identifiable from the air.
  • visibility – responding emergency vehicles want to be conspicuous, as do emergency vehicles parked at a scene (so they don’t get hit by other vehicles). Many departments use reflective lettering and/or striping to increase their visibility. For police departments, there can be a competing need for stealth. Police departments also use unmarked civilian-like vehicles, which may be similar to their marked units, or may be entirely different. Emergency vehicles are also typically fitted with flashing colored lights.
  • contact information: in areas where there are universal access numbers (as 9-1-1 in the United States, or 1-1-2 in some parts of Europe), these numbers are often displayed on the vehicle. In other areas, the local telephone number may be displayed. Some departments have started to display their internet address as well.
  • service specific markings, such as a star of life or a red cross or crescent for ambulances.
  • if a department has significant certifications, these may be noted
  • some vehicles are painted with cartoon characters and/or slogans that are specific to that vehicle and its dedicated crew (this is most often seen in fire trucks, engines, etc, where the same truck is always used by the same crew.)

Color schemes often include stripes, checker-board patterns, or some other device to make the vehicle conspicuous and different than civilian vehicles. Cars and light trucks may have their doors or fenders painted a different color than the rest of the vehicle. (For additional information about a specific type of vehicle, click on the link above for that vehicle.) An ambulance is a vehicle designated for the transport of sick or injured people. ... The rear-view mirror of a Mazda 626. ... Trunk may be: Look up trunk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A pair of classic black leather Dr. Martens. ... In addition to all of the equipment that a non-emergency vehicle is fitted with (eg: headlights, steering wheel, windshield/windscreen), emergency vehicles are fitted with additional emergency vehicle equipment. ... Many countries public telephone networks have a single emergency telephone number, sometimes known as the universal emergency telephone number or occasionally the emergency services number, that allows a caller to contact local emergency services for assistance. ... Most emergency vehicles in the US and Canada display Emergency 911 9-1-1 (nine-one-one) is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Emergency telephone number. ... The Star of Life The Star of Life is a blue six-pointed star with the Rod of Asclepius in the centre, originally designed and governed by the NHTSA. Internationally, it designates emergency care units and personnel. ... The Anarchist Black Cross was originally called the Anarchist Red Cross. The band Redd Kross was originally called Red Cross. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the worlds largest group of humanitarian non-governmental organizations, often known simply as the Red Cross, after its original symbol. ...


See also

Emergency services are public services that deal with emergencies and other aspects of Public Safety. ... In addition to all of the equipment that a non-emergency vehicle is fitted with (eg: headlights, steering wheel, windshield/windscreen), emergency vehicles are fitted with additional emergency vehicle equipment. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Emergency vehicle light bar - Patent 5931573 (1509 words)
This device is extremely useful for emergency vehicles however it does not provide a means for selectively and independently altering the angle of two opposing light bars which are pivotally mounted to a center point of the roof of an emergency vehicle as a present invention.
The emergency light bar is mounted to an exterior center portion of an emergency vehicle roof while all aspects of control of the light bar are controlled by a control panel mounted on the interior of the emergency vehicle.
Depending on circumstances existing the operator of the vehicle may operate different lighting functions on the light bars and further the operator may alter the angle of the light bars which are pivotally mounted to the center mounting mechanism.
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