Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 to Test Innovative Safety Tool

Jun 10, 1999, 01:00 ET from Safety Warning System L.C.

    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

SOURCE Safety Warning System L.C.