Citizens and drivers in Bartlett will receive digital alerts when fire department emergency vehicles are active nearby thanks to a new service installed on Bartlett Fire District vehicles. This new service is made possible through a local grant that the Bartlett Fire District received. Safety Cloud® by HAAS Alert protects firefighters and improves driver awareness by sending real-time notifications to drivers as they approach active fire apparatus in the field. The platform assists drivers in complying with “Move Over” laws so that responders can safely travel without risk of delay, collision, injury, or death.
In the first month of 2020, eight first responders were struck and killed in the United States. Collisions and struck-by incidents are the leading cause of death for first responders. The recent surge in collisions, injuries, and deaths led the International Association of Fire Chiefs to issue a statement last month urging communities everywhere to pay closer attention to the road.
Safety Cloud will make roads safer for Bartlett firefighters and motorists by extending the reach and effectiveness of lights and sirens through real-time cellular alerts. The alerts are delivered to drivers within a quarter of a mile of actively responding fire department vehicles. Currently, drivers can receive these alerts by using the Waze app in their mobile devices and some in-dash systems. Soon, HAAS Alert says Safety Cloud alerts will be delivered through other navigation services and eventually in the dashboard of new vehicles.
“We’re committed to the safety of our firefighters and the people they serve. This service from HAAS Alert will make roads safer for the entire community,” said Bartlett Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Brian Becker. “We’re asking everyone to do their part and watch out for emergency vehicles on the roadway. We hope that this new alerting system will enhance driver awareness when they are near emergency vehicles.”
For more details on HAAS Alert, visit www.haasalert.com.