Town: Activation lights intended to improve emergency services

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The traffic signals throughout the town of Queen Creek, and many jurisdictions, are designed to allow traffic signal preemption for emergency vehicles. When activated, preemption allows traffic signals to safely cycle giving right-of-way to emergency vehicles.

While the permanent traffic signals in town are already equipped with preemption capability, activation lights are being installed to improve services and responses provided by the Queen Creek Fire and Medical District, according to a press release.

“In an emergency every second counts; having a visual confirmation that preemption has been activated will improve the services that we provide to residents while increasing the safety of our emergency vehicles.” Fire Chief Ron Knight said in the release. “Having activation lights on all of the town’s signalized intersections is a significant process improvement for the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department.”

The activation lights, or strobes, will indicate to the emergency vehicle that the traffic signal preemption has been successfully activated. Without the activation lights, emergency vehicles have no confirmation that the activation signal has been received by the traffic signal. The lights are visible and are more prominent at night.

The first activation light was installed at the intersection of Ellsworth Loop and the signal at the post office, south of Ocotillo Road. Additional activation lights will be installed throughout town with all controlled, permanent intersections to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2015-16.

The activation lights will be installed in phases beginning on Ellsworth Loop from Rittenhouse to Cloud Road, the intersection of Rittenhouse and Ocotillo and on the intersections surrounding Fire Station 412, 24787 S. Sossaman Road in Queen Creek.

“Public safety and emergency services are always a priority in the town of Queen Creek,” Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “The town council and I appreciate the dedication of our emergency responders and are supportive of programs and services that make their jobs easier. Improving fire and medical services directly relates to improving the quality of life for our residents.”

For more information about the town, visit the town’s website.

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