San Antonio Fire Department
How You Can Help

SAFD believes that the community is an important partner in achieving public safety and fire prevention goals. Here are simple steps that all citizens can take:

  • Plan ahead for handling emergencies.
  • Keep your trees trimmed along streets so that fire engines can easily pass. Ask your home owners association to do the same.
  • Make sure that your house or apartment number is clearly marked. Also have the number on the curb, if possible.
  • Keep your yard clear of “fire fuel.” Overgrown grass and bushes, dead trees, and brush/trash piles can help to both start and spread house fires.
  • When on the road, yield the right-of-way for fire sirens and lights.


Move Right for Sirens & Lights
Every year in the U.S., there are almost 16,000 collisions involving fire department emergency vehicles while responding to or returning from incidents. If you or someone you love is in need of emergency assistance, you want help to get there right away. One thing everyone can do to help Firefighters provide this assistance as quickly as possible is to simply “Move Right for Sirens & Lights!”

Many people panic or simply don’t adhere to the rules of the road for approaching emergency vehicles. The law is very specific; drivers must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, and failure to do so can cause serious accidents or delays. Firefighters are careful to avoid vehicle collisions by driving slowly when traveling against traffic, or coming to a complete stop at intersections. But the cooperation of ALL vehicles on the roadway is essential.

Here are some simple rules to follow when you’re on the road and encounter an emergency vehicle:


  • Stay calm.
  • Pull to the right and come to a complete stop.
  • If you’re traveling on a high-speed road or if there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.
  • If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in that lane moves over to the right.
  • If you cannot move to the right because of another vehicle or obstacle, just stop. This action will let the driver of the emergency vehicle know what you are doing and allow them to anticipate where to drive.
  • When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stopped at an intersection, stay where you are unless you can pull to the right.
  • On a 4-lane highway or street without barriers, both sides of traffic should pull to the right.
  • Be careful when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the firefighters are working.
  • Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.


  • Don’t panic.
  • Don’t play your radio so loudly that you are unable to hear sirens.
  • Don’t stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right.
  • Don’t pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.
  • Don’t race ahead to make the green light or turn before the emergency vehicle gets there.
  • Don’t turn quickly to the left onto a street or driveway.
  • Don’t drive through a red light or stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind.
  • If the emergency vehicle is traveling on the opposite direction of a divided highway or street, you do not need to pull over.
  • Don’t disregard the presence of the emergency vehicle by continuing to drive.