A short animated film by ETSC explaining the “emergency corridor” system used by several European countries has been shared by thousands of people and seen by around half a million users on the Facebook social media platform.
The emergency corridor system, which enables emergency vehicles to reach collision sites faster, requires vehicles to separate in a systematic, organised way during periods of traffic congestion, in order to make a clear path wide enough for a fire engine to pass. The measure is in place in only a handful of countries, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Switzerland. But it is little known outside of the countries where it is used.
Research shows the system can boost the chance of surviving a serious collision by 40% by enabling emergency care to arrive faster. The system has been highlighted in workshops organised by ETSC as part of its REVIVE project on emergency response, which has been supported by a grant from Toyota Motor Europe.