Lenexa Fire Department now using digital alerts for road safety
The Lenexa Fire Department recently equipped a digital alert system to notify drivers of responders working a nearby incident.
Safety Cloud is an advanced collision prevention system designed to protect responders from struck-by incidents by digitally alerting approaching drivers through apps such as Waze and other similar navigation apps. City staff noted that while the Kansas Highway Patrol also uses the service on its motorist assist vehicles, the Lenexa Fire Department is the first fire department in Kansas to officially deploy the technology.
When Lenexa Fire uses the Safety Cloud-equipped apparatus to activate lights and sirens, any driver within half a mile of the apparatus can receive an alert as an advance warning through the Waze app. City staff cited studies that indicate most drivers have less than 3 seconds to react to lights and sirens, but advance warning systems like Safety Cloud can provide up to 30 seconds of advance notice and reduce the chances of a collision by 90%.