When asked, “what is one thing you want the public to know?” Claremore fire fighters overwhelming responded, “pull to the right.”

In Claremore, Fire Captain Zane James said, fighting through traffic to get to a call is a daily occurrence.

“It is very, very difficult to get through town,” James said. “This town is clogged up.”


Firefighter Steve Cox and Lt. Jonathan Cates sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, discussing the hazards of navigating traffic in an emergency vehicle.

So if you’re on the road, remember these fast facts when you hear a siren or see flashing lights:

• Slow down and check the traffic around you. Look for another car, cyclist or pedestrian before pulling to the right.

• Yield to emergency vehicles by pulling all the way over to the right edge of the roadway, clear of intersections, and stop until and emergency vehicle has passed

•Typically if all lanes of traffic are stopped at a red light, the emergency vehicle will drive on the opposite side of traffic to go around the blockage. However, if they pull directly behind you and start honking, it is your responsibility to pull forward through the intersection and stop on the right hand side of the road so the vehicle can get around you, even if that requires moving through a red light.

•If an emergency vehicle approaches from the front of your vehicle, against oncoming traffic, you should still pull to your right-hand side of the road and free a lane for emergency responders to pass through.

•If an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the roadway you are required by state law to pull over at least one lane away from the vehicle. If it is unsafe to pull over, you are required to slow down and be prepared to stop.

Violations of any of these laws may result in a fine from law enforcement.

“We are always trying to push you to the right,” Lt. Zach Sherman said, as a simple reminder.

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