01/17/06 31 W - + 19 - 28 New Wake EMS Vehicle Lighting / Graphics

Wow, lotsa lights on the back of the new Wake County EMS vehicles, as shown on FireNews. Presumably anti-collision protection, along with the Euro-style graphics?

Two opinions come into play here—
1) Personal – I ride an ambulance, and I don’t think that even that paint job will do a lot for anit-collision, even though that’s what it’s for. Besides, it just looks a touch too busy on the back. I think some of the lights may get lost in the visual shuffle…
2) Professionally, Wake County spec’d the trucks with anit-collision in mind, but I don’t think as much for protection from other people as much as from employee-related incidents. Those yellow pillars at WakeMed-Raleigh are a contributing factor. The bakc-up camera will help with that.

As far as lots of lights, well, “big toys for big boys,” right? But I fear that the whole lighting scheme will get lost in the paint scheme. Right now, it works on the white, but…
Chris Snider (Email) - 01/18/06 - 06:59

as for the lighting I agree, but the current units are lit up pretty well.

for the striping scheme it is a part of the newer DOT guidelines that are supposed to help divert attention away from the unit, thus away from the incident, this is nothing new to Wake EMS as they’ve already got graphics to some extent on some of their trucks. I personally don’t think it’s too busy or it will get lost, especially at night when the reflectivity will aid tremendously.

Alot of fire and EMS agencies are going to this kind of aid, Plano, TX is a good example, and there are a load of others going to this inverted chevron. I personally like the idea and think it needs more support in the public safety world.
shevais (Email) - 01/18/06 - 21:41

The new graphics scheme may be a little out there until you get used to it, but from a safety aspect at 5pm on I-540 working a 10-50 they will be seen. Lets be honest, you have to be blind to hit it.
Justin (Email) - 01/21/06 - 12:20

There was no change to the lighting package on the units for the past 2 years. Just the vinyl has changed. There is significant research now being published in the UK pertaining to vehicle conspicuity and safety. Whether it fits your personal tastes or not, it accomplishes the mission. I would look to see the patterns stretch to the sides very soon. Working on designs for two new Admin QRVs that will be guinea pigs for the graphics artists.

[jaolson] (Email) - 01/28/06 - 14:10

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