HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County firefighters are testing a new device to help keep traffic moving around emergencies and protect first responders.
According to a post on Horry County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page, crews are field-testing new battery-powered road flares.
“We like to think we’re going to be able to use them for a long time. So that’s what we’ll do. We’ll bring them out on scenes as we’re trying to get traffic moving around accidents, we’ll throw them down and see how they work," said Horry County Fire Rescue spokesperson Tony Casey.
Fire officials note the flares follow the portable speed bumps that were rolled out across the county in 2019. Those devices are deployed on the road while first responders work a crash, thereby slowing traffic to a crawl.
The goal with the flares is to provide firefighters with another tool to keep traffic flowing and first responders safe as they respond to an emergency.
“If you see bright, flashing lights – on apparatus or on the ground – that absolutely means slow down and be cautious!” the post stated.
Officials said the flares are being tested first at stations with the greatest number of crash investigations.