Dedication Ceremony for New Engines at the Turlock Fire Department


Dedication Ceremony for New Engines at the Turlock Fire Department

I’m Ed Smith, a Turlock car accident lawyer. Congratulations are in order to the dedicated members of the Turlock Fire Department, who are now in possession of two new fire engines for Stations 2 and 4. The dedication ceremony was held on April 20 at the Turlock Public Safety Facility, complete with plaques mounted on the new engines to celebrate the occasion.

Engine 32, at Station 2, comes with a Rosenbauer “crossfire” engine, a tight turn radius for better maneuverability, ladders with pull down mounts and the capability to fight grass fires that are spreading because of its roll and spray feature. Even the paint job is custom. Mike Harcksen, captain of the fire department in Turlock, teamed with members of the Turlock Fire Apparatus Committee, Capt. David Mallory and engineers Becchetti and Boyd to custom design the updated fire engine. Thanks to their innovation and considerable knowledge, Turlock now has a fire engine that uses every space to the best advantage.

Engine 34, now in service near Highway 99, was taken on a tour around the country because of the new fire engine’s custom features. Firefighters do a lot more than fight fires, and who would know better what they need than firefighters themselves? Everything is required from up-to-date firefighting hoses and ladders to equipment needed to perform rescues, stabilize large vehicles and perform emergency medical care in the field.

Making It Safer for Firefighters

Firefighters have a tough and dangerous job, so it is important for other drivers on thr road to know what to do when approached by an emergency vehicle to keep everyone safe. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles handbook for drivers, fire engines, police cars and ambulances have the right-of-way in emergency situations. Motor vehicles must pull to the right of the road and stop until the emergency vehicles have passed by. However, the DMV cautions motorists to not stop in an intersection. Pass through the intersection and stop on the right side where your vehicle will be safe from being struck by someone else’s car.

Emergency vehicles have been known to use the wrong side of the street to get quickly to their destinations, so keep an eye and ear out when you hear one approaching and respond accordingly. If given directions by a firefighter, police officer or other emergency personnel, obey immediately. The orders are for your safety. Last but not least, keep a distance of 300 feet between your vehicle and an emergency vehicle if it has lights or sirens turned on. It’s the law, and if a driver disregards it, he or she can face a big fine.

Disobeying Rules Around Emergency Vehicles Can Cause Injury

Disobeying the rules of the road as they apply to emergency vehicles can result in car accidents and time wasting delays for the firefighters. Because of the size of vehicles, car-truck collisions can cause devastating injuries such as broken bones and brain injuries.


Attorney Ed Smith

Turlock Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Turlock car accident lawyer. If you, or family member, have suffered injuries suffered from an accident, call me at (209) 227-1931 or at my toll-free number (800) 404-5400. I offer free and friendly advice about your accident.

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