just wondering what color lights are legal in california and if anyone can let me know since I am a volunteer firefighter and a member of my volunteer search and rescue/ cert team
Good day fellow firemen.
I anticipate receiving my appointment with our local volunteer department any day now, and I'm outfitting my POV so as to be ready to respond to the call of duty, and I have a few questions: What is the best light bar setup to use so that civilians know that my POV is an official emergency response vehicle? I need a set up that can also accommodate a removable, lighted pizza hut delivery sign and fit on a 1997 Ford Escort wagon. Also, what is the standard size door decal for a fire service vehicle? Its technically my mom's vehicle but I'm told she cannot drive it once it is commissioned in the fire service since she has not been sworn in as a member of the department. Is this correct?
Your Escort, what color is it? Be sure to pick out the colors for the light bar that match your car well. You could also permanently mount the Pizza Hut sign on the top. Drywall screws work really well for the mounting, and you can run it all of your cigarette lighter jack.
There is no standard size door decal. The bigger the better. Don't forget rear window, and a "we fight what you fear" decal.
About your mom - is she cute? If she is, then yes, she is no longer able to drive your vehicle with the emergency lights - but she can call me for a ride.
If she is ugly, then yeah, she can drive the car still.
I was thinking a Whelen lightbar was the only way to go too. I definitely don't want to be laughed at. Do you know if it will mount over a luggage rack? I don't want to remove the rack as it will be useful for storing gear and equipment. The car is white which will look great with the blue light and red door decals. I'm assuming I'll be assigned a vehicle number to add to the side also. My coworkers have also clued me in that a driver side spot lamp is necessary for search and rescue ops. They were snickering when the mentioned it, but that actually will be a nice touch. What kind of equipment to you guys carry in your vehicles? I have already assembled some items from my dad's tool shed, including a hand saw, ax, shovel, small hatchet, work gloves, first aid kit, crowbar, maps, compass, wrenches and various tools, a mag light, extra batteries, canteen. I'm hoping that will cover the basics for now and I'll add to my gear as duties require.
I liked your joke about mom. Heh heh. Hazing the new guy already. ;-)
Joke? Nah. Got a picture of the old girl?
You can take the expensive black bungee cords and use it to strap
the light to the luggage rack. Don't go cheap on this now. This allows
you to remove it also if need be, for instance if you need more room on
Sounds like your equipment load is a little light. Surely they will issue you your own airpack - plus you will need room for your turnouts. A spare bottle or two for the airpack also.
Have you considered your own personal set of Jaws? You can buy them used cheap!
What are you doing for a siren? Perhaps someone on here has a Q they could sell you cheap. I bet if you asked real nice, they might take payments.
Is there enough room in the back of the wagon for a water tank and portable pump? Also a rotoray mounted to the grill would look awesome with a Whelen lightbar. Just make sure to use three different colors for best visibility.
Don't forget a pike pole, and a Little Giant ladder. 22 feet at full extension, and collapses down to about 5 feet. Perfect for your luggage rack...
See what trouble you can get into with a green light in Ontario.
I remember an old time EMS service owner (back in the day before corporate EMS) who said that while interviewing potential ambulance attendants he would always offer them a chance to see the ambulance bay. If the candidate was more interested in looking at the outside appearance, lights and siren of the ambulances he wouldn't hire them. If they walked in, opened the back door and started looking at the medical equipment he knew that they were there for the right reasons and would offer them a job.
just moved to Spruce Pine NC and we have Red & white both on the trucks and in our private vehicles
wish we could use them here. I think I have more storbes in my personal truck then on the fire truck.
No wonder there is so much volly bashing. I know this last page is a joke, but man you guys are keeping a straight face enough to fool this newbie....
I have a red disco light that I pickd up about a month or so ago when I joined the department and only used it one other time, at night when directing traffic on a corner.
I used it again last night for the second time because we had a power line down and this is a very dark road. The engine could not get to my side of the line in a reasonable amount of time due to the live wire across the road so I wanted to have something red and flashy on the corner we were at. Incase we wanted to dance.
I have a bag with turnout gear in my car, as I live 8 minutes from central station. A flashlite in my pocket, and a knife. I have a FL and knife with me all the time anyway. Anything else I need will come on the rescue or engines.
I bet I could f*ck with your heads....
I have no lights on my car other than the OEM lights required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Yup. Thats all- just the headlights, turning lights, parking lights, brake lights, thats it.
Zip. Nadda. Nix. Nuzzing. Zero. None!