ENGLEWOOD, Fla., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to the efforts of volunteer firefighter Tim Burga, Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 and Ruston Fire Department are testing an innovative new technology that can alert motorists when a highway hazard is nearby. The technology known as Safety Warning System (SWS) enables drivers using radar detectors to receive signals warning them of a wide variety of hazards and special traffic conditions. Jason Richards of the Safety Warning System, L.C. donated four transmitters to the Lincoln Parish Fire District after being contacted by Burga via the Internet. One of these transmitters will be shared with the Ruston Fire Department to be used on one of its emergency units. Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 protects approximately 450 square miles of the parish with 20 tanker trucks, several support vehicles, and the volunteer firefighters. The SWS transmitters they received will automatically operate in two modes that generate specific warning messages in the newest generation of "smart" radar receivers now on the market, explains Jason Richards, SWS, L.C. Vice President. When a fire truck or ambulance is moving with its warning lights activated the message "Emergency Vehicle in Transit" can be displayed by detectors. When the vehicle is stopped, the message can read, "Stationary Emergency Vehicle Ahead." All radar detectors signal an alert when encountering one of the transmitters, and over four million of the latest SWS-capable units can display a message about the specific type of hazard. Agencies operating the SWS transmitters have the option of changing the message in the field as the need arises. The transmitters can be programmed to trigger over 60 different messages built into SWS detectors, so drivers know when they are approaching a traffic accident, an active rail crossing, a blind intersection, a stopped school bus, or dozens of other potential hazards. "Because there are already radar detectors in tens of millions of vehicles, the Safety Warning System makes enormous sense as a path toward the intelligent highways and vehicles of the future," Richards explained. "Chief Kirkland has expressed an interest in the system, and we want to show him how useful a highway-safety tool it can be." Chief Kirkland said, "We are concerned about the safety of both the public and Lincoln Parish firefighters who are often working in dangerous conditions. We are continually searching for ways to minimize the hazards associated with emergency calls." To learn more about the Safety Warning System, visit our web site at http://www.swslc.com
SOURCE Safety Warning System L.C.