PHOTOS: The first moments of a first responder’s arrival to an accident scene are crucial, and in the dark, those moments can sometimes prove fatal. For that reason, a veteran Hatzolah Paramedic took the initiative to install a light tower on his private vehicle. The pricey unit – installed by Elite Emergency Lights in Lakewood – is a compact foldable device which can extend up to about 10 feet and provide close to 1,000 watts of lighting for a scene.
Scenes of a pedestrian struck or a serious extrication job, which require sufficient lighting, can now be efficiently worked without awaiting the arrival of an OEM light tower or other external assistance during the most crucial moments.
In several past incidents, Hatzolah and First Responders were unable to locate an injured party struck by a vehicle or thrown from a vehicle, due to the insufficient lighting in the area.
The newly equipped vehicle was shown yesterday to the LPD’s Sgt Frank Work and the Traffic & Safety department, and to the Deputy Chief Fred Capper, who have shown interest in obtaining such equipment for their SUV’s. Those purchases however may not happen any time soon due to budget constraints. TLS-CCP/Photo Credits: Lakewood Shopper.