Emergency Vehicle Autoturn

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Ladder 2 - 3For plats, development plans, and site plans, the Swift Current Fire Department reviews access to, around, and leaving the property (site, complex, or development) to ensure that emergency vehicles are able to negotiate turning movements without causing damage to parked vehicles, landscaping, fixtures, buildings, etc.  By applying the travel path of a large emergency service vehicle, City Planning and Growth Development staff, along with fire department representatives, can evaluate possible areas of conflict and help developers/designers avoid creating a layout that might result in damage to private or public property and vehicles.  This process ensures that police, fire, and ambulance vehicles can readily access the property in an emergency situation.

This review is conducted through the use of an Autoturn template matching the dimensions of the fire departments largest apparatus, an aerial platform truck.  We refer to this template as the "Ladder 2"Autoturn template as it is based on the fire department's Ladder 2; a Fort Garry Fire Trucks Aerial Ladder on a Spartan Chassis.

The specifications for the Apparatus Autoturn are shown below and can be downloaded here.

IAFC worksheet - platform RM - L2

Standard Planning Review for Autoturn

Please provide an Autoturn plan using the City of Swift Current Fire Department Ladder 2 with travel around the site using all driving lanes.  Travel paths should begin outside the site illustrating the turn onto the primary entry road/drive, maneuvering around the site, and completed with an illustration demonstrating exiting the site.

If the path begins with a straight approach to the site, the review will not be accepted.

Paths must illustrate the full vehicle swept path (including wheel tracks and out-to-out vehicle overhang sweep) and must indicate a clear, unobstructed travel around the site without impact/collisions to buildings, curbs, landscaping, parking spaces, vehicles, tree overhangs, etc.

The travel path must be designed with a minimum speed of 8 kph.

The Autoturn sheet must provide all of the following:

  • all of the apparatus specifications from the above sheet,
  • design speed (no less than 8 kph); if speed varies, indicate points of change by notes,
  • landscaping from landscape plan,
  • parking spaces,
  • building footprint, sidewalks, out buildings, etc., from site plan,
  • electrical installations such as light standards, car plug-ins, transformers, etc.,
  • any obstructions that would impede vehicle travel such as dumpsters, enclosures, gates, fences, posts, etc.

For legibility, the Autoturn exhibit may require several smaller detail sections and/or additional sheets.

The Autoturn Online program can be accessed at Autoturn.