Emergency Vehicle Sirens
- Ground Vehicle Standard
This SAE Recommended Practice provides laboratory test procedures, requirements and guidelines for electronic siren systems with a single loudspeaker, and electromechanical sirens for use on authorized emergency vehicles, which call for the right-of-way. This document is applicable only to such sirens that have all dimensions across the sound-emitting opening equal to or less than 0.5 m. Test procedures and performance requirements for individual system components are not included in this version.
Data obtained from measurements of siren performance depend not only on the characteristics of the siren tested, but additionally on the test procedures and the characteristics of the measurement instrumentation and test environment. These additional factors must be well defined and controlled to obtain reliable data. Detailed test methods are described here, which include specifications for a laboratory environment, to minimize the measurement uncertainty and obtain accurate and reproducible measurement results. Such results are necessary to qualify the performance of all sirens as equally as practicable. Requirements have been established based on the laboratory-measured performance of sirens that have been effective in emergency service.
Data Sets - Support Documents
The Emergency Warning Lights and Devices Standards Committee is part of the Lighting Systems Steering Committee that reports to the Motor Vehicle Council (MVC).The Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining SAE Standards, Recommended Practices, and Information Reports related to the minimum performance specifications and best practices of emergency warning lights and sirens for vehicles. Participants in the SAE Emergency Warning Lights and Devices Standards Committee include OEMs, test laboratories, consulting firms, government, and other interested parties.