Grant Could Help Cape Coral Prevent First Responder Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on September 20, 2012

Port Charlotte injury attorneyThe Cape Coral Fire Department is hoping to make our roadways safer by preventing first responder accidents that can occur when ambulances, police, and fire trucks are racing to an emergency. The department wants to apply for a grant to fund technology that would allow firefighters to turn lights from red to green in an emergency situation.

According to Wink News, the Department of Homeland Security Grant would provide $525,000 to buy an Opticom pre-emption device. The city would be responsible for 20% of the grant, or approximately $100,000.

When lights and sirens are on, "This device would anticipate the arrival of the fire truck based on its forward speed and it would change the traffic signal to green," said Cape Coral Fire Chief Tom Tomich. "We would put in place on 22 frontline fire apparatus and signalize 49 intersections in the city," he said.

Several other Florida fire departments are already using these devices to deter accidents. "Since we've had the Opticom system we have not had one traffic accident involving one of our fire apparatuses at an intersection," said South Trail Fire Chief William Lombardo.

As Cape Coral accidents attorneys, we hope this technology becomes a reality. Almost half of all accidents involving ambulances and other first responders occur at intersections. Moreover, emergency personnel are not the only ones at risk during a crash; in fact, two-thirds of those who die in ambulance accidents are passengers.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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