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Move to the Right
Move to the Right for Sirens and Lights or
P-O-P (Pull over Please)

Early Morning Fire - Photo by Globe Gazette
If you or someone you love is in need of emergency assistance, you want help to get there right away. Did you know that there's one thing everyone can do to help the firefighters provide this emergency assistance as quickly as possible? It's as simple as Move to the Right for Sirens and Lights!

S . I . R . E . N .


What do you do when you see an emergency vehicle approaching with its lights and siren on? Just remember SIREN:




Drive defensively, avoid distractions and keep the noise level down in your car.



Regularly check your rear view mirror for emergency lights and sirens.



When you see emergency vehicles approaching, vehicles on both sides of the street must move as far to the right of the road as possible and STOP.



Before entering back onto the road, make sure there aren't anymore emergency vehicles approaching.  Did you know that there could be as many as 5 vehicles responding to a fire?



Don't follow or try to outrun an emergency vehicle.  Drivers should stay at least 300 feet behind emergency vehicles.


If you remember S.I.R.E.N., you will always be prepared for emergency lights and sirens.  However, there are some simple rules to follow when you're on the road and encounter an emergency vehicle:


  • Stay calm.
  • Pull to the right and stop.
  • If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in the lane to your right moves over.
  • If you cannot move to the right because of another vehicle or obstacle, stop. Your action will let the driver of the fire engine or ambulance know what you are doing and allow the driver to anticipate where to drive.
  • When a fire engine or ambulance approaches you from behind while you are stopped at an intersection, stay where you are unless you can pull to the right.
  • On a 4-lane highway or street without barriers (like Highway 122), both sides of traffic should pull to the right.
  • Be careful and slow down when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the fire fighters are working.
  • Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind fire engines and ambulances. They may stop or turn quickly.
  • When driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction as the fire engine or ambulance, slow down to a speed of 25 MPH until it is safe to proceed at the posted speed limit.
  • If you come up on a parked fire engine or ambulance in a highway or roadway with it's emergency lights operating, slow down and merge into the lane furthest from the emergency vehicle.


  • Don't panic.
  • Don't play your radio so loudly that you are unable to hear sirens.
  • Don't stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right.
  • Don't pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.
  • Don't race ahead to make the green light or turn before the fire engine or ambulance gets there.
  • Don't turn quickly to the left onto a street or driveway.
  • Don't drive through a red light or stop sign when a fire engine or ambulance approaches from behind.
  • If the fire engine or ambulance is traveling on the opposite direction of a divided highway (Avenue of the Saints, for example), you do not need to pull over.
  • Don't disregard the presence of the fire engine or ambulance by continuing to drive.

Check out the slide show offering helpful things to know before and during emergencies as well as more information on the importance of pulling to the right for sirens and lights!!


When you or someone you care about needs the help of an emergency responder, you will be thankful for the drivers who didn't slow down the fire fighters from responding and allowed their safe and prompt arrival by




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