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Texas Sheriff to Purchase Boat for Chemical Spills

The Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office will be purchasing a $1.1. million boat with a pressurized cabin to help deputies respond to chemical spills.

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City Buys Fire Apparatus Before 25% Tariff-Related Price Increase

The City of Payette, Idaho, rushed the purchase of a replacement fire engine before the price increased by 25% due to President Trump’s tariff on imported metal.

REV Group Launches Ambulance with Ballistic Protection

The REV Guardian vehicle package includes run-flat tire inserts, ballistic glass, and a full envelope of Level IIIA ballistic Kevlar throughout the ambulance.

GM Offers Special Pricing for First Responders

Police officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, and 911 dispatchers now qualify for a discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and OnStar vehicles and products.

Fire Response and EMS Bed Packages

Tropos Motors has released new bed packages for its battery-electric compact utility vehicles.

Detroit Fire Department Adds 49 Ambulances

Braun’s Chief XL units are mounted on Ford F-550 chassis and feature customized interior console layouts, customized exterior compartment sizes, and customized interior cabinets.

Safety Tip: Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

Drivers need to remember to slow down and move over — if safe — whenever they see an emergency vehicle stopped ahead on a multi-lane roadway.

Remember to Slow Down and Move Over

When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights flashing, drivers need to slow down and, if safe to do so, move over to give emergency workers an empty travel lane as a safety buffer. For the full safety tip, click here. Video courtesy of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Texas Sheriff to Purchase Used Patrol Vehicles

The San Jacinto County (Texas) Sheriff's Office is purchasing used police vehicles to replace its aged fleet — some vehicles on the road have 300,000 miles on them.

Failure to Yield

First responders in West Lafayette, Ind., discuss what stakes are involved when drivers fail to yield to emergency vehicles. This report also includes video of close calls caused by drivers who failed to yield. Video courtesy of WLFI-TV. For the full fleet safety tip on how drivers should respond to an approaching siren, click here.