Community must give emergency vehicles access

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Federal Fire Department firefighters attend to a wildfire that started north of McNair Gate, here, Monday afternoon. The fire affected approximately three acres and was 100-percent contained, July 24. (Photo by Spc. Marcus Fichtl | 8th MI Bde. Public Affairs, 8th TSC)

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


We have recently become aware of concerns from our team of first responders regarding responses to emergency calls for service.

There are two specific areas of concern that we have identified.

The first issue is the movement of vehicles and personnel on the roadway to clear a path for emergency vehicles. The second issue has to do with the ability of emergency vehicles, specifically fire trucks and ambulances, to maneuver through narrow streets with vehicles parked along the roadway.

Unlike most cities and municipalities, on Army installations, we tend to have an abundant number of personnel on the streets conducting physical training (PT) in the morning. This poses an additional problem for our emergency responders attempting to travel to locations where services are required. We want to take this opportunity to ensure that community members know what actions are required when an emergency vehicle approaches.


What you must do

  • If in your vehicle, statute requires that upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position clear of any intersection and parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right hand edge or curb of the roadway, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle is passed, except as otherwise directed by a police officer.
  • For personnel and the roadway, to include personnel and units conducting PT, the requirement is for personnel to immediately vacate the roadway until the emergency vehicle has safely passed.

There are certain areas on the installation where the width of the road and parking of vehicles along the road have made it impossible for fire trucks and ambulances to reach their destination in a safe manner. The result has been that emergency personnel have had to leave their vehicles and travel to the emergency location by foot.

From a medical perspective, this has led to a delay in emergency medical responses. From a structural fire standpoint, the inability for a fire truck to reach a destination that may require fire suppression could lead to a total loss of a facility and/or loss of life.

As such, there are certain roads on the installation that will require changes to authorized parking. We will be working with Public Affairs in the coming weeks to notify the community of the roadways that will be affected by parking changes.



Police Call Roll-Up

      •Fort Shafter

1- Property Theft

1- Traffic Accident


  • Hawaii Armed Services Police (HASP)

1- Domestic Disturbance

2- Under the Influence


  • Helemano Military Reservation

1- Property Theft


  • Schofield Barracks

1- Domestic Disturbance

1- Property Theft

2- Traffic Accident

2- Wrongful Property Damage




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