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    Who is absolutely right?
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    1835Wayne JRFireman were who I was talking to. There idea is absolutley right. Sorry about the confusion. Let the good egs have the privleges.

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    I agree that members should be allowed to use lights and they should be considered "emergency vehicles" under these provisions:

    1. The law includes POV's in South Carolina as emergency vehicles
    2. They understand that this is not a free reason to speed because as the math shows (below) you don't save hardly any time
    3. Jr's should not use them because under SC Child Labor Laws JR FF under 18 cannot operate an emergency vehicle. They would be in violation of these laws and it makes no sense to give them lights anyway.


    55 mph = 0.92 mile a minute
    60 mph = 1 mile a minute
    70 mph = 1.2 miles a minute
    80 mph = 1.3 miles a minute
    90 mph = 1.5 miles a minute
    100 mph = 1.7 miles a minute
    110 mph = 1.8 miles a minute
    120 mph = 2.0 miles a minute

    Whats it worth? This is considering sustaining that speed without stopping. Speed/60 = miles a minute
    Last edited by cmjones; 12-04-2002 at 10:39 PM.

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    I am from Indiana, our current blue light laws allows for volunteer fire fighters to use blue lights but refuses to give them the privilage of being an "emergency vehicle" like someone stated earlier the time saved by running emergent does not really make much of a difference, for safety of all involved, volunteers with blue lights should be given the rights of emergency vehicles for the sole fact if you give firefighters lights and siren, the public is going to be more aware of the presence of emergency traffic and if firefighters use good judgement, like all adults should. i feel it could only make responding to alarms and stations safer. **the views posted within are strictly the views of this individual and not the fire depts

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    I see your points and they are all good. I am glad to hear all of this feed back on the subject lets keep it going.
    The nice thing about running hot to the station would be that you are not sitting there waiting for your emt to get through the traffic light which runs on a two minute cycle. That is where the most amount of timne could be saved. I personally think that if the person is to be given the permission to run hot then he must take evoc. That is the same as if you were to drive the apparatus to calls. NO JUNIORS NEED LIGHTS. exceptions to that rule is that there are no exceptions. There are no state laws that allow juniors to do much anyways. I should know I used to be a junior.

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    Statistics show that you only save around 30 seconds. I think that chances of someone getting hurt is to great.

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    That 30 seconds is not taking into acount if you have to go through traffic lights which I don't think that anyone here can say that they do not have a traffic light in their town. If you dont well that is cool. But what abour 95% of america.

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    What's a traffic light?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    That has to be the funniest thing I have herd in a long time.

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    nmfire ya know the green, yellow and red light in front of an intersection. taht tells you if you can go or stop or slow down lol just kidding
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    Ah. We don't have those here. Stop signs and circle, thats it.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Originally posted by EMTfarmer
    The amount of abuse this sort of rule would suffer would never justify the seconds saved. It would be hard to make me believe it would be minutes in most cases. (How far and how fast would you need to drive to make up one minute of time? One for the math wizards!) Not to mention the potential for injury and loss of life due to these abuses.
    Actually I don't remember ever having a LODD from someone responding in their POV. Just because a law gives more leadway to act irresponsibly dosen't mean you have to. Drive like you have some sense and everything will be okay.

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    Default Re: Re: No!

    Originally posted by CoolDre


    Actually I don't remember ever having a LODD from someone responding in their POV. Just because a law gives more leadway to act irresponsibly dosen't mean you have to. Drive like you have some sense and everything will be okay.

    I suggest you look through the news archives. You must not have been awake for the last year. Yes, it has happened. More often then not, it is the OTHER PERSON that gets killed when the FF's vehicles obliterates their car. It is almost monthly or every two months on here.

    Yea, if everyone drove like they had some sense, it would be okay. But THEY DON'T.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Smile Calculations

    I would still like to see a graph or table showing the time differences saved between various speeds. For example 15 miles at an average speed of 50 mph vs 60 mph. Or in an urban setting, 5 minutes of travel at 25 mph vs 35 mph. I will grant a savings of time at controled intersections with either stop signs or lights. Uncontrolled intersections scare the daylights out of me whether in my POV or the rig with flashing lights on every corner. Show me the data and make a believer out of me! The math may be simple but it eludes me, as some may say, so do lots of things!

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    ok listen here young 14 to 17 year olds. i was a Jr. Firefighter for 3 years before i came a Firefighter. I know what call get its like to hear your Pager start beepin and your blood pumppin like crazy, i know about that, it happened to me, however i see no ponit in you guys runnin blue lights BECAUSE there is no point. you guys cant go in the fire, and you aint allowed in the HOTT Zone. so father more when you get that get there when you can. Leave the big stuff to the older and the men and women thats done it before. Please if you are goin to run a blue light or red depending on what state you live in, take your time and dont speed cause on mess up will get you OR someone on the other side of the road KILLED.... Drive Safe.... Thanks,

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    If you hav any questions about anythin or need help with somethin to do with the Fire Sevice Please EMail me at DealyEntry1031@aol.com
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    All of your views are valid but remember that some departments have different rules for juniors. I can do everything but enter a buring building and attack the fire. Laddering and helping with everythign else except for holding the knob is legal. When you are short on man power as more and more departments are would you rather be laddering the building or in the fire. Now to say leave it to a more experienced fire person is a valid point. With juniors all you need is one person who knows what they are doing so they can lead a group of bozos like us juniors. Don't worry we know how to carry ladders and slep hose around. Otherwise we wouldn't be juniors we would be chiefs. (Just Kidding and no offense)

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    I have a question for everyone out there. If you are permited to use blue lights then how many are you allowed to have and must they be 360. Also are you allowed anything like headlight flashers and other stuff like that.

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    Why don't we call this the forum "The stupid juniors arguing over lights forum" thats all that ever gets talked about. Hello guys the world does not revolve around little blue or red lights in your dash ya'll will never learn anything because you're to freakin worried about makin your vehicle look like a christmas tree. I admit thats all I used to think about until I woke up and smelt the roses. We are firefighters who fight fire not crazy,insane driving fools who think because we got a light we are gods of the highway. I am not bashing one certain person but goodness isn't there something else to talk aobut othe than lights.
    "pain is temporary pride is forever"

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    Number one I am not a junior and I think if a juniopr wants to argue over lights then it is fine. Juniors who argue over lights are not stupid they are just young and so what. I am sure that most of us at one time couldn't wait to get your light permit. If the junior has all of the training and knows what he is doing then fine argue all he wants. The people who don't know their head from the arse when it comes to ems or firefighting should shut up and stop argueing over lights. I love juniors because I used to be one myself. So lets all have a merry christmas and make up.

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    As I said before I am not bashing, reprimanding or correcting one person. I was just saying that this subject gets wore out on these forums. And no this is not the place to argue over lights all the time this is a place to learn and ask questions. And let me say it one more time before anybody else gets offended I am not bashing one person but offering my opinion. Merry christmas
    "pain is temporary pride is forever"

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