Emergency Responder Rules of Response

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Vehicle telematics are now advancing to allow prescribed real-time interventions for vehicle to vehicle communications. This is especially important for direct collision prevention between responding emergency response vehicles (e.g., high rise response in a dense urban centers) and emergency response vehicle to private vehicle. However, the rules of response vary significantly across the states and provinces of North America. This is especially impacted by the different approaches used by responding volunteer emergency responders in rural areas. A summary of the rules of response in the jurisdictions across North America is an important component of background information that would support the role-out of this new vehicle technology.

Research goal: The goal of this project is to identify and summarize guidelines and regulations for emergency responder travel to and from incidents in North America. Provide particular focus on how emergency responders and response vehicles are defined, including the use private/personal vehicles.

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