I was just wondering what the laws of your state say for POV's to have emergency lights and sirens. I live in Maine where we have very strict laws in reference to POV's and emergnecy lights, you can have two red or white lights in the grill OR 1 in the window if it is not obstructing your view. You have no special laws for responding and people do NOT have to pull over for you if they dont want. Also your not aloud sirens. I've been giving thought to moving to another state and I am hoping to see about your local rules and regulations.

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Same here in Arkansas .
in ct. volunteers may only run blue and you can have as many as you want. and you are required to follow all the laws of the road. but we have a nice little law. if the person in front of doesn't yeild you take theplate down and make a atatement to the police and they are sent a ticket.you must appear in court to push the issue and you must be responding to a true emeragacne ( house fire or working fire). the only people to run red and or white lights with siren is the asst. chiefs i n the state. good luck
In Rhode Island with a emergency warning light class, the chief of the fire departments signature, and the signature of the chief of police, you are issued a permit to use a red warning light. (or red/white)
Using a dash light in accordance with Rhode Island general law must coincide with the use of a siren. NO SIREN, NO LIGHT. It takes common sense by all chiefs of departments, and also members to not abuse the privelage of using the light.
Having the dash light/siren is not a free pass to break the law. If you get caught in excess of 10mph over the speed limit, blowing through traffic signals, not using turn signals, or recklessly driving, you will face diciplinary actions via police or fire department. (or both)
You request the right of way only, never assume the right of way, or force it.
In MVA's involving firefighters, the lawyers will always ask a couple of key questions.

1. Was the responder going to a TRUE emergency?
2. Did the responder use DUE REGUARD for other motorists safety?

Having lights in the grill of a vehical or having wig wags I have noticed more drivers who look in their rear view mirror tend to slam on their brakes. Maintain a safe following distance so you don't end up causing an accident. (again see due reguard) If avoidable, don't use wig wags/grill lights, use a dash or roof mounted light.

Use your head. Follow your SOP's. Follow the law. Don't drink and drive. ALWAYS wear your Seat Belt. Be safe. Stay Alive!!
just curious: how many vol ff's have been involved in mva's and have gotten into real legal problems? i know of none and was just wondering
In SC we have to have 360 view and an audible warning device.
In MN we cant have lights in our pov's.
Good thing to. People here can't drive WITHOUT lights and sirens. Stay safe
I live in NC, here you can only run red and white lights. you can have as many as you want and put them were you want. the chief and the asst. chief is the only ones aloud to run sirens.
In Michigan we can only use red or red/white lites, if you have lites you must have a siren..Also, must obey all traffic laws, stop at red lights or stop signs.allowed as many as your battery will handle but at least one must be visible 360 degrees. and never assume you have the right of way,,,
here in Mo you can run only blue and white lights in your personal vehichle, you may have strobes wig wags and such the more visible the better. A siren is a must can't have one without the other.
Yes, thats right, no nothing! Yet we still get to the fire and put it out just fine.
I'm with that one! In Oklahoma were not allowed anything either. But if we were, In this "you hurt me...so I'm fixin to sue you" Day in age, I still wouldn't use them. I don't want that kind of liability. If you are just in the fire service to put alot of expensive lights and sirens on your own personal vehicle or just to drive the big shiny red truck, than you need to re-evaluate the reasons why you are doing it. Especially if the only reason your moving out of state is because you can't use them.


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