NYS Consolidated Laws - Vehicle & Traffic
Section 375. Equipment.
4. Blue light. One blue light may be affixed to any motor vehicle
owned by a volunteer member of a fire department or on a motor vehicle owned by a member of such personís family residing in the same household or by a business enterprise in which such person has a proprietary interest or by which he or she is employed, provided such volunteer firefighter has been authorized in writing to so affix a blue light by the chief of the fire department or company of which he or she is a member, which authorization shall be subject to revocation at any time by the chief who issued the same or his or her successor in office. Such blue light may be displayed exclusively by such volunteer firefighter on such a vehicle only when engaged in an emergency operation. The use of blue and red light combinations shall be prohibited on all fire vehicles. The use of blue lights on fire vehicles shall be prohibited and the use of blue lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a volunteer firefighter as provided for in this paragraph.
NOTE: The Chief of the department must authorize the use of the light, subject to "revocation at any time by the chief who issued"
Quite basically, my department uses pretty much uses dash lights like a "dash laser" exclusively... if they try to put a full sized light bar up, I just don't sign the blue light card. They abuse the light, i.e. I get complaints, see stuff I shouldn't be seeing... I pull the card
Blue light card and new chief?
On a bit of a tangent, my department has a new chief and I was wondering if I needed to get a new blue light card from the new chief or if the old one is still sufficient?