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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2016 09:00 AM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Salvation Army Emergency Vehicles
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation, formerly SB 270 of 2015-2016, that would further define an emergency vehicle under Title 75 (Vehicles) to include emergency service vehicles operated by the Salvation Army.

In addition to providing critical services during emergency disasters, the Salvation Army plays a pivotal role in offering emergency response services to residents across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a first responder to the scene of emergencies each day, the Salvation Army is tasked with providing life-preserving services and relief to individuals in need, especially through its rehabilitation capabilities, which include hydrating, cooling and warming provisions.

For purposes of carrying out these responsibilities, the Salvation Army’s workers must be able to arrive quickly at emergency sites, so that they may offer their support to individuals until medical technicians become available. Unfortunately, under current law, the Salvation Army’s emergency vehicles are unable to become registered as emergency response vehicles in Pennsylvania. As a result, workers driving these emergency vehicles are not permitted to use the lights and sirens for emergency response purposes. This is restricting the Salvation Army’s ability to undertake duties requested of it by local law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers.

As a humanitarian organization, the Salvation Army has supported and improved the lives of countless individuals in the U.S. and overseas, but its efforts to provide support for countless more individuals within this Commonwealth are faced with opposition. Help the Salvation Army help you and yours in times of emergencies. Please join me in co-sponsoring this imperative piece of legislation that will allow this organization to perform its intended duties—saving lives and restoring hope.

Previous co-sponsors of this legislation include Senators Costa, Fontana, Hughes, and Rafferty.

Introduced as SB160