Emergency Vehicles & Lighting

New Emergency Lighting Research (Updated 06/29/2021).

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute has partnered with Dr. John D. Bullough, Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and Dr. Scott Parr, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona College of Engineering, on a new study of emergency lighting and the visibility of emergency responders to motorists. This study will examine how lighting characteristics like flash rate, lamp color, contrast, and placement affect human perception of the visibility of emergency responders at a roadway incident scene. The study will also consider ways to effectively mitigate the disorientation of motorists caused by the day and nighttime use of emergency warning lights to include issues of lighting color and emergency vehicle visibility/conspicuity.

In a conversation with Chief Marc Bashoor, Executive Editor of FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, Dr. Parr explains the study, what they hope to learn, additional research planned for the future, and the lab they are building at Daytona College to support ongoing research that will inform safety practices for emergency responders at roadway incident scenes.

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