Emergency Service Vehicles

 

Emergency service vehicles rely on being recognised and seen in order to be effective. To save lives and protect the public, it’s essential that ambulances, police cars, fire engines, and all other emergency service vehicles are quickly recognised at all times and in all weather conditions, whether at the scene of an emergency or speeding through traffic.
Discover our range of emergency vehicle markings that exceed local regulations.

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3M Reflective Materials help to save lives and protect the public

The retroreflective livery of an emergency service vehicle is one of its most important safety features.

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  • Typical micro prismatic material will only return around 32% of light back to the driver. While this is enough to meet the minimum requirements of the current specification, it's not the optimum in retroreflective performance.

     

    The full corner cube technology in 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sign Sheeting returns up to 58% of light back to the driver, making vehicle liveries brighter and visible for longer, even at high entrance angles where visibility is critical.

Having the best conspicuity livery markings helps you stand out

3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sheeting has been providing effective reflective livery to emergency service vehicles for over 10 years, exceeding required specifications for vehicle reflective materials.

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    8 times brighter than the minimum requirement on average (even at 45°)¹

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    Up to 14 times brighter than competitive products²

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    Outperforms competitive products in all 12 specified angles²

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How to apply 3M markings to emergency service vehicles

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Frequently asked questions about emergency vehicle markings

Find answers to some of our frequently asked questions about emergency services vehicle markings.

  • Emergency service vehicles rely on being recognised and seen in order to be effective. To save lives and protect the public, it’s essential that ambulances, police cars, fire engines and all other emergency service vehicles are quickly recognised at all times and in all weather conditions, whether at the scene of an emergency, or speeding through traffic.
  • Regulations or Standards vary between different countries. Local regulation or standard can define very different designs and sheeting qualities, from graphic non retro-reflective material to class 3, very high retro-reflective material like 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³.
  • The highest retro-reflectivity sheeting would enable vehicles to be the most visible at night. So general recommendation would be to specify 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³. Fluo Yellow Green / red chevrons gives the best visibility in daytime so 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Prismatic Vehicle Marking 4083 is recommended for back side of all emergency vehicle and very highly recommended for back side of Fire brigade vehicles.


    3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Conspicuity Markings Series 983 narrow tapes are recommended to be used as contour marking to reinforce emergency safety vehicle visibility, especially for heavy and long vehicles.


    For 3D surfaces, 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ can specified with special cut off design specific to each vehicle. 3M™ High Intensity Metalized Flexible Prismatic Vehicle Marking 823i Series will be easier to apply and the preferred choice for 3D surfaces.

  • Emergency vehicles are police vehicles, fire vehicles, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicles, and county emergency medical services vehicles.

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  • References
    • On average across all angles. Minimum Requirement as outlined in specification for the performance and design requirements for Police liveries in Police Scientific Development Branch publication 4/14 (2004).
    • Based on published data available for 3M and competitive products on 22/05/17. All product claims based on measurements of 3M Diamond Grade DG3 Fluorescent Yellow/ Green and nearest competitive alternative.
    • Measured by 3M with customers during night demonstrations.