Emergency response -How to increase accessibility on winter roads

Written by Eric Carlebom,

When winter comes to the US, fine dry country roads can quickly change into wet roads that freeze into ice. If it then starts snowing on the road, this does not make matters better. If you as a rescue vehicle driver gets an alarm right then, it can become difficult on the roads. That can delay the precious response time. But there are solutions. Read more here.

The US road network consists of hundreds of thousands of state roads with many that contain bridges that can freeze during the winter season. Although most of these roads are in Northern states, the climate can vary in Southern states as well. Up in the North, there can be nice snow-covered winter roads with good road grip, while in the South rain and snow mix can turn into ice-slippery roadways.  In some instances, these roadways in the South can be more challenging to drive on.

Working as a rescue driver requires that you are well prepared for the many challenges that may arise in the daily work. Everything from managing your vehicles, keeping up to date on all functions and equipment can be a demanding job. Practicing minimizing the important response time is extremely important in order to ultimately save lives. 

Suddenly, the alarm sounds and you and your colleagues have to hurry to get the fire truck quickly on the way. There is a strong wind and the snow is heavy on the road. Traffic thickens and queues form. It is possible to take a shortcut over an unpaved road to arrive at the accident. The driver presses the button in the cab to activate the fire truck's automatic snow chains that are thrown under the truck's tires. The road grip is immediately improved and you turn out onto the snowy gravel road without any problems. Getting there on time is the most important thing for the rescue driver to be able to save lives. Knowing that you have the right equipment on the fire truck or ambulance is a key factor. 

There is a lot of equipment to choose from and therefore we have compiled a guide where you can compare the different options to increase the accessibility of the rescue vehicle. 

Read more here about automatic tire chains and the different options below


Comparing methods to increase traction

Rescue Driving

Eric Carlebom

About Eric Carlebom

Eric is the Key Account Manager for VBG Truck Equipment with responsibility for Dealers and Wholesalers with the District of Southern Sweden. Educated Master of Business Administration, specialization Marketing with 10 years of experience in B2B sales in various industries. Eric was born and raised on the West Coast of Sweden and is passionate about fishing, sailing and skiing with family and friends.


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