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    Thumbs up Chevron paint scheme and colors on apparatus...

    Just a quick opinion and any photos you have out there of the reflective Chevron striping that many dept's. are using on the back of their apparatus (started in Europe, I believe). We're replacing three of our apparatus and instead of using the popular/effective white/red... one of the genius's on the apparatus commitee is fighting (dont' know why) for the chevron in a reflective GREEN instead?!...Would like some stories, experiences, ideas about this supposedly great concept of safe reflectivity on the back of apparatus (highway safety etc.)... You can also send me email to avoid the clutter a thread may cause in here... THANk YOU.

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    They are a requirement for all service vehicles in the UK due to EU regulations. (Even civilian service vehicles such as Tow trucks and Highway Maintenence lorry's). I was asked by one of the previous encumbants at FH.com to produce an article about them...which I did and never heard from him again??? Any colours can be used, but the rear reflective material can only be red to fit in with Motor Vehicle construction & use regulations

    I have attached some below... if they do become a requirement you can say goodbye to the 'Handsome' look of some of your equipment. We have to adopt these things Nationwide, I guess with State legislation in the US, maybe it will be introduced in some areas and not in others?

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    Front & side of Fire Engine showing flourescant paint on the rear body, reflective lettering on the front and reflective striping along the side and on the bottom of the roller shutters.
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    The stripes, lettering and paint doesn't bother me that much. The chev's on the rear of the BRT doesn't make me flinch... The checkerboard pattern on the side of the vehicle, however, .
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    The stripes, lettering and paint doesn't bother me that much. The chev's on the rear of the BRT doesn't make me flinch... The checkerboard pattern on the side of the vehicle, however, .

    Ahhh yes, the 'Battenburg' pattern, (named after Battenburg cake). Very popular with all three emergency services outside of London where there are a lot of fast roads. So far, apart from some of the Traffic Cops vehicles and the newer Ambulances most in London are still pretty tame.
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    We have the chevron on the back of are new engine in the red/white scheme. it actually doesnt look bad at all. and on the highway its reflective as hell.
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    we too are going with the reflective chevron on our next pumper. I'm not too crazy about the way it looks, but it is definatley functional.

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    We too are having a reflctive red/white chevron put on our new tower. Good chance that it will be on all new FD vehicle, including ambulances. This summer I spent 10 days in Scotland. I was very impressed with the overall use of reflective patterns and chevron. They seem to take traffic safety a little more serious than us 'yanks. Most impressive was the "battenberg" checkerboard pattern on the police cars. We saw one car from over a 1/2 mile away and noticed the pattern before the strobes! The lime green/blue reflective seemed to be the most noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM
    We too are having a reflctive red/white chevron put on our new tower. Good chance that it will be on all new FD vehicle, including ambulances. This summer I spent 10 days in Scotland. I was very impressed with the overall use of reflective patterns and chevron. They seem to take traffic safety a little more serious than us 'yanks. Most impressive was the "battenberg" checkerboard pattern on the police cars. We saw one car from over a 1/2 mile away and noticed the pattern before the strobes! The lime green/blue reflective seemed to be the most noticeable.
    Oh, I can imagine.
    Our med/rescue unit is adorned in a ungodly effective strobe package. the rear four strobes are app. 4"x 10" in size and makes it impossible to follow at any distance. I have actually arrived on scene while following this truck with a headache,seizure, drool running down my chin. It will literally mesmerize you if you are not careful. We are talking about toning it down a bit.
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    Red and Yellow seem pretty standard for the rear chevrons, like I said becuase of C&U regulations. However therer a re a myriad of different scheme from each Ploice, Fire & Ambulance agency in every county in the UK.

    It usually follows that those using battenburg will have flourescent yellow in the checker along with reflective Blue for Police, Red for Fire and Green for Ambulance.

    Here is a link to a UK Emergency Vehicle website that may give you some ideas of what looks OK and what will induce Mental disturbance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    Oh, I can imagine.
    Our med/rescue unit is adorned in a ungodly effective strobe package. the rear four strobes are app. 4"x 10" in size and makes it impossible to follow at any distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfd4life
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    You know, you would think I would have seen that one coming.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    Oh, I can imagine.
    Our med/rescue unit is adorned in a ungodly effective strobe package. the rear four strobes are app. 4"x 10" in size and makes it impossible to follow at any distance. I have actually arrived on scene while following this truck with a headache,seizure, drool running down my chin. It will literally mesmerize you if you are not careful. We are talking about toning it down a bit.
    LOL...One of the departments near me has lost their minds when it comes to lights. I saw their new DC buggy yesterday and OMG!. I didnt know it was possible to put that many lights on an F350. I was half expecting to see it towing a generator.

    Our newest pumper, which we bought as a demo, has one of thoese basic, "pre-select" NFPA light packages from Federal on it (strobes/rotators) and that thing clears traffic better then anything Ive ever driven. Makes you wonder why these departments think they need rigs that look like rolling discos.

    Sorry...back to the topic.

    Our next rig will have the chevron stripping on the rear and maybe on the front if we can find a place that doesnt look bad. Probably just your basic red/white for color.

    Another idea I had is some of that DOT red/white stripe that you see on large trucks would look good along the bottom edge, maybe in the rub rail. We put some of it on the rear bumper of our aerial and it shows up pretty well.

    In my area, the chevron stripping is just starting to catch on. One pumper Ive seen has it all over the rear, and a couple others have large blocks (about 12"wX36"H) of it on each side of the rear.
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    OK....another question? Which direction is the chevron supposed to be pointing ///\\\ or \\\///? I have seen both on apparatus around here. Or does it matter.
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    I'd also like to know if there is any science to the inverted vs. regualr v pattern. I thought I read somewhere that it had to do with sub-consciously drawing you in ("V" pattern) vs. subconsiously steering you away (inverted v)? Anyone seen this?

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