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    Default MARS 888 (Red or Clear)

    Any discussion or experience about the advantages one way or the other for Red or Clear lenses used in your MARS 888?


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    Not sure how this topic fits in with fireground tactics but we have one of each on one of our engines. They both seem to work just fine.
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    Red, Clear, fat women.......they all look good if you like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinesfire View Post
    Any discussion or experience about the advantages one way or the other for Red or Clear lenses used in your MARS 888?


    Depends on what state you are in! You don't indicate that.

    All states have different rules regarding lights on fire apparatus, be they white, red, blue, amber or whatever.

    A clear lens with a high wattage seal beam on a Mars 888 light will moved traffic better than one with a red lens. Having said that, I would see if I could find the most wattage seal beam that will fit in the housing and go with that.

    At any case check on the states motor vehicle rules regarding fire apparatus. You may be surprized as what that says.

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    Default Clear lens

    We run a clear lens with either a white or red bulb depending on what is available or who happens to change it. Like most lights, its just another tool and does little in the big picture.

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    What's a MARS 888?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPFDRum View Post
    What's a MARS 888?
    I think you can learn about them in the Volunteer Corner. Also try searching Wacker or Whacker depending on what part of the country you are in.

    I'd be more concerned with the reliability and functionality of your apparatus versus the bells and whistles. I have never seen a MARS 888 put out a fire or a chrome wheel cover make a rescue.

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    lexfd5, at least you have seen one, I never even heard of it! But if they are in the same category as wasting money on chrome wheel covers, then we don't need them either.
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    Guess you are like us. The lowest bid that meets the minimum requirements wins. Plus it's hard to keep all that chrome clean when you are making runs and not doing the parade thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPFDRum View Post
    lexfd5, at least you have seen one, I never even heard of it! But if they are in the same category as wasting money on chrome wheel covers, then we don't need them either.
    I don't think that they are a waste of money, they are another kind of warning light, they get mounted on the front of the truck. I'll try and find a pic of my Dad's old rescues.
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    Not saying they do not work. Just do not think they are that important. I would be more concerned with the rest of the truck. I have made runs, as have many others here, with a single bubble light and two alternating flashers in the front grille. IMHO I got through traffic about the same then as I do today.

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    I understand where you are coming from. I agree that you can respond without them with no problem. They are merely just another option.
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    Not a Mars, not a good picture...but...



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    That was our water supply Engine when I first joined. Didn't have the lightbar or anything else on the roof when I joined -- just the combination figure-8 light and siren on the hood. Couple incandescent flashers on the rear. That was it.

    Back in the day, they weren't just pieces of chrome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalmatian190 View Post
    Not a Mars, not a good picture...but...



    '69 International / Oren 750gpm/300gwt/3000' 3.5"

    That was our water supply Engine when I first joined. Didn't have the lightbar or anything else on the roof when I joined -- just the combination figure-8 light and siren on the hood. Couple incandescent flashers on the rear. That was it.

    Back in the day, they weren't just pieces of chrome.

    Thats what I got when I did a quick search of them in "images".......
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    IMHO, clear is more attention grabbing. Both red and clear work well. I miss the old 888. We only have one left, and thats on the back-up to the back-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehs7554 View Post
    that looks like what I posted and Dal says thats not it !
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    Josh, I think Dal was saying it wasn't a Mars light on their old engine, not that your pic wasn't one...



    (and I'm still wondering what this thread has to do with fireground tactics )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt790 View Post
    Josh, I think Dal was saying it wasn't a Mars light on their old engine, not that your pic wasn't one...



    (and I'm still wondering what this thread has to do with fireground tactics )

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