Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue highlighting safety for National EMS Week

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue is reminding West Alabamians that safety and mindfulness are important when it comes to interacting with first responders this week for National EMS Week.

Events started Tuesday, with Pull to the Right for Sirens and Lights.

“Move to the right for sirens and lights is a little slogan we use,” said TFR Firefighter Brandon Jones. “It’s something nationwide they have come up with over the years to get people to move their vehicle over to the right so we can pass on the left side.”

Pulling your vehicle to the right side of the road when you hear emergency sirens means emergency vehicles can safely make their way around you and arrive at their destination quickly.

Another thing more drivers should do? Pay attention to your surroundings so you recognize when emergency vehicles are nearby.

“A lot of people have a problem hearing the sirens because of music blaring inside their car or maybe they’re just not paying attention or distracted by cellphones,” Jones said.

Here’s what National EMS Week is highlighting over the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday, May 18: Children’s safety/car seats
  • Thursday, May 19: Hands-only CPR/Stop the bleed
  • Friday, May 20: Recognizing first responders
  • Saturday, May 21: EMS Expo

The EMS Expo is happening 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2015 McFarland Blvd. E. in Tuscaloosa, which is the small building in front of Bowlero and next to Snow Hinton Park. The event includes the third annual EMS Week wing challenge, the 2022 EMS Provider of the Year award presentation, car seat installation and safety checks, food trucks, live demonstrations and children’s activities.

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