Re-Evaluation of Emergency Vehicle Colors for Safety and Identification

This project was designed to evaluate the following research objectives: (1) What was the basis for adopting yellow-green as the specified color for ARFF vehicles? (2) What color best promotes the visibility of ARFF vehicles? (3) What are the visibility and conspicuity benefits of markings on ARFF vehicles? (4) Can the visibility of ARFF vehicles be improved? (5) What is the current status of retroreflective materials used on ARFF vehicles? (6) Does the existing Advisory Circular need to be updated and does it need to be as prescriptive as it historically has been regarding the color yellow-green?


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $90000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Aviation Administration

      William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
      Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
    • Project Managers:

      Bagot, Keith

    • Performing Organizations:

      Ohio State University, Columbus

      410 West Tenth Avenue
      Columbus, OH  United States  43210

      Iowa State University

      Ames, Iowa  United States  50010

      Texas A&M University, College Station

      318 Jack K. Williams Administration Building
      College Station, TX  United States  77843
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hawkins, H

      Lannutti, John

      Ceylan, Halil

    • Start Date: 20190312
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200612
    • Actual Completion Date: 20220612

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01742336
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability
    • Contract Numbers: 12-C-GA-TEES-029, 12-C-GA-ISU-032, 12-C-GA-OSU-053
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 12 2020 4:05PM