When I was young, the newspaper reported that my home town fire department was getting a new fire engine. As part of a safety trend back then, they decided to get this new fire truck in fluorescent green instead of the traditional red. They thought the new color would be easier to see, thus helping with community safety. Sometime later (months or years, I can’t remember) they said they were doing away with the new paint scheme because people didn’t think “fire engine” unless the fire engine was red. I’ll admit that as I think about it today, if I saw green and flashing lights, I’d have to stop and think things through.

Sometimes there is time to make changes safely with education. In other situations, (especially if the public is involved) we need to consider how others react during a split-second reaction and if there is still time to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

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