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    Question FDNY Lightbar Question

    I have a question about FDNY Battalion chief's vehicles. They have some strange looking light bars on the rear of their SUVs. Anyone know what and why? The older types are white and almost look like traffic directors but not convincingly so (to me) the 'newer' ones look like super thick standard light bars. I'm curious to know what the purpose is to these lightbars and why they've done something so different. Thanks.......
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    They are Whelen Highway Series bars. There are actually two bars back there and they are designed to stand up on edge to provide a tall light source so you can see them from further away.
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    Correct. They are installed on all Batt and Division Vehicles. They are also installed on NYPD Highway vehicles (State Troopers don't patrol the highways of NYC.)

    Also all new ladder Companies have the standard directional yellow bar installed on the rear. So when they are on the Highway they can use the lights to indicate which side the traffic may pass.

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    I wonder how many have been clipped by a bridge or tree due to not lowing them
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Interesting........... Anyone got any pics of them on the vehicles, either in the up or down position??

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    This is the only one I could find...It was in the corner of a photo I took awhile back. It a Battalion Vehicle. These are the older model of lights.

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    Toward the bottom is BN 20(Also check out the graphics on Squad 61)

    http://www.fdnytrucks.com/files/html/bronx/e61.htm

    And more info on Whelen's website

    http://www.whelen.com/hwy.htm

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    Originally posted by WTFD10
    Toward the bottom is BN 20(Also check out the graphics on Squad 61)

    http://www.fdnytrucks.com/files/html/bronx/e61.htm

    And more info on Whelen's website

    http://www.whelen.com/hwy.htm

    And yeah you Whackers, I replied to a lightbar thread...SUE ME
    Thanks for the info Moe........

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    As I understand it, the original ones (like in FFRED's pic) were invented by an FDNY BC and were named after him (can't remember the name though).
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    He replied to a lightbar thread. I'm telling I don't know who but I'm telling. There must be somebody I can report this to.

    Oh Ya my Lawyer thats who I will tell the Law suits a coming I tell ya

    By the way think I could get one for my Pickup that looks pretty cool
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    The original was commonly known as "The McDermott", mainly because it was/is made by the "Julian A McDermott Corporation".

    http://www.mcdermottlight.com/



    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    well you gotta admit .............those take "lightbar" to a WHOLE new level !
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    Did you get this thread on tape-delay?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire
    Did you get this thread on tape-delay?

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    Posting here makes me admit I opened the thread, but oh well, I've been accused of worse.

    Several years ago I was in Houston TX and noted that some of their PD cars assigned to traffic duty had a sort of scissoring elevating platform that the lightbar was mounted on. When down, it looked like the bar's mounting bracket was fabricated out of angle iron (way too big for the job) and painted white, but when elevated about four or five feet up to reveal their true purpose (still horizontal, not vertical like the pics above) you could see them a long way off and over the tops of good sized vehicles in the way.

    Actually not a bad idea.
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    I think it would be more effective to install a guided missile system. If the apparatus with the SDS (Stupid Detection System) indicates someone is approaching and not paying attention, the car is painted by a laser mounted on the scene light tower and a cruise missle fires out of the hosebed. Target destroyed prior to running traffic control point.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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