The other day I was chatting with Tom Taulman II, president of TKO Graphix, about emergency vehicle graphics. As far as Tom could recollect, over the years we’ve worked with agencies in all 92 counties in Indiana. It’s something Tom is proud of and so is TKO.
Emergency Vehicle Graphics
After our conversation I began looking at our portfolio photos, blogs, and Facebook posts of the many emergency departments we’ve worked with. The number was staggering. If I gathered all the police, fire, and ambulance material in one place it would make a fine coffee table book. However, it would be too much for a blog post. So, I decided to break it into categories and begin with ambulances. Here are a just few of our posts about ambulances from the TKO Brandwire archives.
What You Should Know About Sharing the Road with Emergency Vehicles
“Although emergency vehicles may cause delays, they are not a nuisance. Because the emergency vehicle you stop for may be preventing a crime, salvaging property, or saving lives.
TKO Graphix has helped more than 90 agencies with their emergency vehicles graphics. The key to emergency vehicle graphic design is identification. Tracy White, TKO Graphix designer says, “It’s critical for public safety that emergency vehicles are easily recognized and instantly identifiable.”
So, until I asked Tracy what was important about designing graphics for emergency vehicles, I never considered how critical identification is. I guess it’s something I’ve taken for granted, but if an emergency vehicle doesn’t immediately look like an emergency vehicle, it becomes a public safety concern. The agencies are doing their part so, we, the public, need to do ours.
What to Do When Emergency Vehicles Approach
In your lane – Pull over to the nearest edge
In the opposite lane – Be prepared to slow down or stop
(If you are) following – Stay 500 feet behind
Move Over Law – Between 1999 and 2009, more than one emergency worker per month was killed while assisting motorists on the side of the road. * When approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road – Move to another lane, if you’re unable to move, slow down to at least 20 MPH below the posted speed limit. *
Keep in mind, police may approach with lights only as to not alert criminal activity with sirens.
Remember to stay alert and look for emergency vehicles. They are serving you and me. Give the right of way to any vehicle flashing red, blue or amber lights. Let them do their job—safely.
FEMA published a pdf (2009), disclosing more information regarding this critical aspect of emergency vehicle identification.
If you’re in law enforcement, or you’re part of a first response team, and would like help with your agency’s vehicle graphics, let us know, or call 1-888-544-8051.”
What You Should Know About Emergency Vehicles
*cited from The National Safety Commission.
Have You Said Thank You?
TKO Graphix is privileged to work with emergency teams, fire, police, and medical all over Indiana and beyond. We salute all the hero’s that operate these emergency vehicles. Because these men and women put themselves in harms way every day. So, why not take a minute or two this week and stop by a station and show your appreciation for these life-saving public servants by simply saying thank you? Because, we’d be lost without first responders and emergency workers.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Photo on Foter.com