Last night, the San Francisco Fire Department Commission passed their Vision Zero resolution, joining nine other City agencies in committing to help eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024.
The resolution passed quickly, but represented months of work by advocates (like your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition) and City staff. We want to send particular thanks to Commissioner Covington for her strong leadership and work to reconcile all of the stakeholders concerns and goals. This was the third time the resolution had appeared in front of the Fire Commission, and it’s a relief to see strong support from our public safety partners.
With the passage of the resolution, the Fire Department commits to searching for smaller and more nimble fire trucks, providing their emergency response data to the Department of Health to facilitate better data management and partnering with other City agencies on the Vision Zero Taskforce. A recent report requested by Supervisor Wiener, highlights the importance of smaller fire trucks when responding to emergencies in urban settings, and we hope that the Fire Department will move quickly to evaluate their options. The resolution also emphasizes the commitment of the Fire Department to support street engineering solutions that prioritize human safety, including traffic calming measures. We are particularly appreciative that the Fire Department is highlighting their commitment to public safety, and we look forward to working with them to make our streets safer while still ensuring speedy response times for their vehicles.
The nine other commissions who have already committed to Vision Zero include the SFMTA Board, the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Environment, the Planning Commission, the Department of Public Health, the San Francisco Police Department, the Youth Commission, the Department of Public Works and the County Transportation Authority. We look forward to working with all of them as well as our partners in the Vision Zero Coalition to prioritize safety on our streets.