CATALDO AMBULANCE ONLY PRIVATE SERVICE IN STATE
VEHICLES WITH PRIORITY TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – Cataldo
Ambulance Service, Inc. announced their decision to equip all
emergency vehicles with the 3M Opticom Priority Control System.
Cataldo is the only private Ambulance Service in the State of
Massachusetts that currently installs the 3M Opticom Product,
which allows EMTs and Paramedics to request and receive green
lights as they arrive and depart from a scene.
The 3M Opticom
Priority Control System enhances faster, safer emergency response
by identifying emergency vehicles and allowing a temporary right-of-way
through busy intersections. Cataldo Ambulance began upgrading
their vehicles in January 2006 with the 3M Opticom Priority Control
System. As a new standard in place for all Cataldo and Atlantic
vehicles every replacement ambulance has been equipped with a
traffic opticom. Cataldo Ambulance plans to have their fleet
fully equipped with the Opticom system by the year 2010.
emergency provider to nine municipalities throughout Greater
Boston and the North Shore, Cataldo EMS is often faced with heavily
populated roadways and intersections. According to 3M Traffic
Management Solutions, the Opticom Priority Control System helps
produce faster, safer emergency response and can improve response
times by an average of 20 percent. The system allows fire departments
and EMS organizations to enhance their ability to protect the
health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder
personnel. All of the nine cities throughout Cataldo and Atlantic’s
primary 911 service area are now equipped with the detectors
which receive the Opticom signal requests.
When an ambulance
responds to an emergency 911 call, the Opticom Priority Control
System activates allowing emergency vehicles to gain an intersection
advantage. The Opticom emitter, located on the top of the ambulance,
activates the system by transmitting a secure, encoded priority
request to the intersection. A detector, located in the intersection,
receives the infrared transmission and relays the request activating
the traffic light change and allowing temporary right-of-way
travel. The system uses a brief time delay to ensure other drivers
have time to clear the intersection before the light changes
to yellow and then red. All traffic signal information, including
the time of light change and identification of the authorized
vehicle, is recorded and archived in the system.
Service remains one of the most respected family owned providers
of medical transportation in the Northeast. Since 1977, Cataldo
Ambulance Service, Inc., has continually distinguished itself
as a leader in providing routine and emergency medical services.
As the needs of the community and the patient change, Cataldo
continues to introduce innovative programs to ensure the highest
level of care is available to everyone in their service areas.