The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has been focusing on High Visibility Garments for all responders to roadway incidents. The minimum mandatory requirement for Firefighters and First Responders is for either a Class 2 High Visibility Garment, or compliant Fire Department Turnout Gear. This requirement is for anytime Firefighters and First Responders are directing traffic, working at crash scenes or taking part in other activities that place them near moving motor traffic.
The High Visibility Garments are required by a number of regulatory agencies including the Federal Highway Administration, as well as Federal and Minnesota OSHA. Eden Prairie Fire has a Standard Operating Guideline that specifically requires compliance with these standards. In addition to our compliant Turnout Gear we also place Class 2 High Visibility vests in every piece of fire department apparatus. Firefighter Safety is key and cannot be compromised.
There is no doubt in my mind that High Visibility Garments lead to safer emergency scenes for all First Responders. The photo below is a good example of nearly everyone in the required Class 2 High Visibility stuff, either vests or compliant Turnout Gear.