Yield to Emergency Traffic

We were all taught in Drivers Ed that the law requires drivers to yield to emergency traffic by safely pulling over to the right side of the road. This makes a lot of sense because the name of the game in emergency  services is to arrive as quickly and as safely as possible at the scene of the fire or accident or medical call. Remember, if the emergency was at your home or involved a family member, you would want emergency personnel to arrive on scene as quickly as safely possible.


 As a driver of a motor vehicle you should:

 1. Pay attention to the traffic around you at all times. Remember that emergency vehicle drivers are taught to "scan" two or three blocks in all directions including front, side roads, and back as they drive.  You should too.

 2. Drive safely and within the posted speed limits.

3. Yield safely to all emergency vehicles. This includes fire trucks, ambulances, and personal vehicles that are running with red lights flashing. 


Volunteers of  the El Dorado Fire and Rescue Service are expected to: 

 1. Use lights and sirens when responding to a call.

 2. Drive with all due courtesy and safety when responding.

3. Arrive as quickly as possible without jeopardizing the safety of the residents, the patient, or emergency personnel.

4. Adhere to the 15 MPH speed limit in school zones no matter what the emergency.


Together we can provide the best and safest services possible!    

El Dorado Fire Rescue Service | eldoradofire@comcast.net | business: 505.466.1204
144 Avenida Vista Grande Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-8323