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    I live in Orange County, CA. I'm an EMT for a private ambulance company. This isn't a question asking if I'm allowed to run calls with lights/sirens installed in my POV, this is a question to ask if it's legal or not to install strobe lights or wig-wags and be able to use them in an emergency situation while the vehicle is parked or even just turned off, NOT MOVING. If anyone can let me know I would greatly appreciate it. I'm basically asking if there is a way that we are allowed to have a brighter/more aware type of hazard lights to let the public know of an emergency situation. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart04 View Post
    I live in Orange County, CA. I'm an EMT for a private ambulance company. This isn't a question asking if I'm allowed to run calls with lights/sirens installed in my POV, this is a question to ask if it's legal or not to install strobe lights or wig-wags and be able to use them in an emergency situation while the vehicle is parked or even just turned off, NOT MOVING. If anyone can let me know I would greatly appreciate it. I'm basically asking if there is a way that we are allowed to have a brighter/more aware type of hazard lights to let the public know of an emergency situation. Thank you.
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    You are new here so I will be nice.

    First check with your boss with the ambulance company to see if their policy of parking at an emergency scene and responding to calls will allow you to do such a thing.

    Then, if they say it's alright, ask your local police or sheriff's department.

    Then ask your coworkers if that is something that is a common practice or would it make you a whacker.

    Then, and only then... you might be able to.
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    Someone please lock this... it will go nowhere positive.

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    It's a legit question, just not for this board. All the advice the OP needs has been given. I agree, locking will be the best solution.
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    I absolutely Disagree. Strobes and Wig-Wags just don't cut it today. Now, if you really want to brighten up someone's life, get a LED Package.......







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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
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    Sweet, let me grab the salt quick, be right back.

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    I agree with Hwoods, GEN III LED's are the best bet. I run a red/white LED dash light in the front and a red/yellow LED ( legal in Arkansas) mounted in my rear window on the drives side so its closer to traffic. When there not in use you can hardly see them so you don't look like a rookie wacker. Also most dash LED's come with the steady burn feature you need in CA. The cost isn't bad either I got both mine off Ebay of about $80.00 each. Don't I run MVA in my POV and I need lights to help make sure I don't get my SUV smashed. It deffently helps.

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    I agree with Hwoods, GEN III LED's are the best bet. I run a red/white LED dash light in the front and a red/yellow LED ( legal in Arkansas) mounted in my rear window on the drives side so its closer to traffic. When there not in use you can hardly see them so you don't look like a rookie wacker. Also most dash LED's come with the steady burn feature you need in CA. The cost isn't bad either I got both mine off Ebay of about $80.00 each. Don't I run MVA in my POV and I need lights to help make sure I don't get my SUV smashed. It deffently helps.

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    Edit- To the OP and other members here, I am sorry I misunderstood the question. I think I found the info. the OP was looking for and posted it below.

    Some misunderstanding here, the OP did not want to outfit his POV, he/she was asking about additional lighting for the company rig when parked onscene.

    Hope this clears things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post

    I know this having worked in the OC for years and there is no need for you to be outfitting a POV with any emergency lights. Please dont make us Californians look bad here.

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    Post edit- I think I found the answers the OP was looking for.
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    if this is for a job make them buy the lights for you or provide you with a vehicle. You shouldnt be using your POV for your job.

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    Your employer will have a policy on use of lights/sirens on POV's. Each state or area may have different policies regarding this.

    If your employer does not know, go to your communities offices and ask there.
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    OP- I think I can answer your question. Many public safety agencies in CA have installed strobe or wig-wags in the stock parts of their emergency vehicles to warn traffic when parked.

    I am pretty sure state law states that only a flashing rear amber is needed, but other items can be added as deemed by the particular department/agency.

    Hope this helps.

    Side note- When ever you park an emergency vehicle with emergency lighting activated, utilize your "high idle throttle" switch to support the extra voltage draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart04 View Post
    this is a question to ask if it's legal or not to install strobe lights or wig-wags and be able to use them in an emergency situation while the vehicle is parked or even just turned off, NOT MOVING. If anyone can let me know I would greatly appreciate it. I'm basically asking if there is a way that we are allowed to have a brighter/more aware type of hazard lights to let the public know of an emergency situation. Thank you.
    Additional information can be found in the California Vehicle Code, Ambulance section- http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/vc/....htm#ambulance
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