Bomberos Ambulance Negotiating Downtown San Jose Traffic & People

There is still a lot of learning to do when it comes to giving emergency vehicles priority

The Bomberos (Fire Deparment) ambulance, with air horn and sirens balsting wasted precious moments due to drivers not moving or attempting to move out of the way. May 18, 11:43am.
Two minutes later (11:45am) the emergency vehicle had only moved half a block on Calle 1.
Reaching its destination, on the pedestrian walkway of ‘bulevar’ at 11:48am, it turned out to be a false alarm.

Had it turned out to be a real emergency, the ambulance took 5 minutes to travel less than two blocks, first a Calle (Road) congested and second an Avenida (Avenue) with people that appeared upset that a vehicle was intruding on their pedestrian walkway.

Photos by Enrico (Rico) Cacciatore, editort at, taken with an iPhone SE.