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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2019 01:18 PM
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 160 of 2017-2018, 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 restricts the Salvation Army’s ability to undertake duties requested of it by local law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers.

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.
Members who co-sponsored this legislation previously include Senators Costa, Hutchinson, Rafferty, and Hughes.

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Introduced as SB629