Whether it’s rushing to the scene of an incident to help those in need or assisting a driver whose vehicle has broken down, emergency response vehicles are essential for first responders who need to do their jobs. If you have a business that uses emergency response vehicles as part of your work, whether that is for public service or a private company, here are some essentials that all emergency response vehicles should have.
For ambulances and police vehicles, having a siren is a must. Without one, drivers will not be able to indicate to other vehicles on the road that there is an emergency and they must let them through. These emergency vehicles will have sirens built-in, but if they need replacing or a vehicle doesn’t have these in place, you will need to purchase them elsewhere and have them installed.
LED Light Bars
LED lights are powerful and this is why they are particularly useful for emergency vehicles. Adding LED light bars on either police cars or roadside assistance vehicles can help to illuminate an area and make it clear to other drivers that there is an emergency vehicle in the vicinity. You can have these installed on the roof of your vehicle, and most models have a slimline design that is easier to mount.
Another thing that emergency response vehicles should be equipped with is a radio system. This allows the drivers to contact their colleagues to get important information regarding a job but will also make it easier for them to get in touch if they are delayed or the vehicle has broken down. Again, this is something that these vehicles should come with as standard, but if not, you will have to install a radio system yourself.
Dash-cams are great at gathering evidence if a vehicle is involved in an accident, but they also serve another purpose on emergency vehicles as well. These cameras can help to make sure that emergency service workers are conducting their duties appropriately while they are in these vehicles, and if there is an altercation for whatever reason with a member of the public, this footage can be used to better understand the situation. For insurance purposes and to have peace of mind that your first responders are doing their job properly, have a dash-cam installed in all of your emergency vehicles.
First Aid Kits
While ambulances and paramedic vehicles will already be equipped with medical kits, even roadside recovery and police vehicles should have first aid kits in them. These will be useful if either an emergency worker or member of the public has minor injuries that need treating, so having a spare first aid kit in the glove compartment, under the seat, or in the trunk of the vehicle is a must.
If you are responsible for managing a fleet of emergency vehicles, you must make sure that they have all the necessary equipment to keep them safe on the roads and so that the workers using these vehicles can do their jobs properly. Make sure your vehicles are equipped with all of the above to achieve this.