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Just curious, but what or how would you use this? Do you respond with lights flashing to a scene or once you arrive you activate the lights?
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Just curious, but what or how would you use this? Do you respond with lights flashing to a scene or once you arrive you activate the lights?
On some volunteer fire departments (mine for instance), members have the option of going straight to an emergency scene in their vehicle, or we can go to the firehouse first, and then take a department vehicle to the call. Either way, the lights are used on the road, heading to the firehouse or to the scene. They're also generally left on, once on-scene, until clearing from the call.

They are not an absolute right-of-way, they are more of a request to pull over, as far as Illinois laws go. But most vehicles generally do pull over for us.
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You can have blue as a fire fighter? Blue is reserved for police in every state around me
In MI, fire fighters only have can have red lights on their cars. I have found that other states allow blue..... some even green.
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On some volunteer fire departments (mine for instance), members have the option of going straight to an emergency scene in their vehicle, or we can go to the firehouse first, and then take a department vehicle to the call. Either way, the lights are used on the road, heading to the firehouse or to the scene. They're also generally left on, once on-scene, until clearing from the call.

They are not an absolute right-of-way, they are more of a request to pull over, as far as Illinois laws go. But most vehicles generally do pull over for us.
Thanks for answering Jmacher. So I have another question then? Lol
As a volunteer fire fighter do you go through an emeregency vehicle operation course? Just curouis because of the substanitial risk of driving through traffic with emergency lights on. Oh I guess I have a second question!!! Do you have sirens in your jeep too??!!
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And do the lights on your personal vehicle give you the same traffic exemptions you'd have in the fire truck, ie speed, red lights, etc?
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Re: Emergency WK2

All of those questions really very from state to state. Here, they have to drive at a safe speed to get to the fire/station and still have to yield to the right of traffic. In the township that I work for (I'm not a fire fighter) not all of the fire fighters are trained in emergency vehicle operations. But they do try to put on a school every other year or so (I will be going to the next one just to drive a big ass fire truck ). IMO some think that when their lights come on, its open season do drive like its nascar..... i've seen at least two of our own firemen almost wipe out a car or ran a car off of the road trying to get to a fire or a med call.
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I'm not sure I understand the question? Sorry
I was asking how you connected those high powered lights to the circuit.
Many owners are trying to connect driving lights which activate with high beam. The are having issues with Canbus. So I was wondering how you connected yours?
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I was asking how you connected those high powered lights to the circuit.
Many owners are trying to connect driving lights which activate with high beam. The are having issues with Canbus. So I was wondering how you connected yours?
Mine are connected to the battery and ignition, and activated via the switch box seen in one of the pictures. Not activated by anything except the switches
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Thanks for answering Jmacher. So I have another question then? Lol
As a volunteer fire fighter do you go through an emeregency vehicle operation course? Just curouis because of the substanitial risk of driving through traffic with emergency lights on. Oh I guess I have a second question!!! Do you have sirens in your jeep too??!!
No siren in Illinois, some states allow it, and Illinois is considering it, but not yet.
Also, most departments offer the driving course as part of training, but most in our area don't train with personal vehicles.
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And do the lights on your personal vehicle give you the same traffic exemptions you'd have in the fire truck, ie speed, red lights, etc?
Yes and no. It's really a gray area depending on the area you're in. State law says not much about it, but each department has certain guidelines to follow, some have speed restrictions, others allow firefighters to proceed through red lights, once you stop and make sure the intersection is clear. It all depends on area.
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Thanks for answering Jmacher. So I have another question then? Lol
As a volunteer fire fighter do you go through an emeregency vehicle operation course?
I know that in Utah, for volunteer it isn't a requirement as most volunteer agencies can't afford it. But it is recommended and certain vehicles can't be driven without training such as a ladder truck.

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And do the lights on your personal vehicle give you the same traffic exemptions you'd have in the fire truck, ie speed, red lights, etc?
Here we don't get any exceptions to the laws. We CAN go faster and go through red lights and what not with due diligence to safety but should anything happen while breaking a law the driver is liable not the department. Kind of a do at your own risk and the risk of causing more harm than good. Situation dependent.

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On some volunteer fire departments (mine for instance), members have the option of going straight to an emergency scene in their vehicle, or we can go to the firehouse first, and then take a department vehicle to the call. Either way, the lights are used on the road, heading to the firehouse or to the scene.
Man I wish we could do that here! Our response time is really good (avg 3-4 min from page to enroute) but there are times where it would be beneficial for me to go straight to the scene.
We can't have ANY lights or anything we have to go to the station and can't take a personal vehicle to a scene.
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