Here's mine. A 2004 Olds Alero. I have two LED dash lights, red strobes in the headlights, two deck strobes on the rear deck, two strobes in my taillight assembly(yellow lense), and multi-pattern wig-wag.
Ok guy's first I have to say I respect the fact that some selected idividuals that are properly trained in defensive, EVOC, and possibly with NFPA Driver certification should be allowed by there agencies to install emergency lights in their POV's. Also it in some ways is a must for responders to get to their stations. However I think calling them urban assualt vehicles is highly offensive to the citizens of our communities especially when vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of firefighter death in the USA. Remember that at least in my state warning lights on POV's grant you no special privlege other than to request the right of way which does not have to be granted. I my self have red L.E.D lights mounted on my windshield in my truck forward of the rear view mirror. Just some friendly food for thought, I am not here to bash but am ready to be bashed back if so deemed necessary.
I'm sorry, but I take offense to this comment. I am a volly and have been for going on ten years. I have been on different depts and all but one require you to respond to the station. I agree that we need to go and get on the truck. But there have been times when I have gone straight to the scene due to it being within a mile of where I was at that time. Calling us volly's "wackers" is a put down. We respect career (I even tried becoming a career guy) so why can't career respect us volly's?
Justin, Nice ride. I always loved the looks of those Aleros. I am running a full whelen edge9000 a set of TIR 3 leds in the grill, a whelen slimliner LED under the rearviw mirror and two mini-phantoms in my rear window of my Durango. All Red.
Ah, no real offense just something I thought of. I know most of us joke around and have various names for things and such, heck I have said things before and then realized later that it could be taken wrong or such. And actually I will admit I have thought about what my truck would be like if I could light it up with all I would like to. I am glad we have this site to use for our freedoms of speech. Thanks for your response Jim and for not getting upset with me.
I love it too... this is the first year I have had it and I haven't been able to get it stuck. I have been busting snow drifts all winter and haven't stopped. Can't wait for mud season... should be fun. My blazer is the perfect vehicle to respond to the fire hall for calls because it just doesn't go very fast.
Some of these Brothers and Sisters live in town's whose entire line up of apparatus is an Engine, a brush truck and a state-owned ambulance (with a state-paid crew). What happens when they have 15 miles of highway to drive to get the station and the engine rolls out for a working structure fire four minutes after the tones drop? There's nonthing left in the firehouse to ride.
I think it's safe to say that each fire district and department is unique, and these guys run lights on their POVs for a reason, they wouldn't have authorization to do so if it weren't necessary.
There aren't a lot of Firefighters who have lights on their POVs in the suburbs and in the cities becasue there's no need for them. They either have a PAID fire department with full-timers at the ready 24-7, or they work scheduled shifts at the firehouse, (Like the Odenton Volunteers in Maryland, and many other places too), or everyone in the response area lives within a couple-minute drive to the station.
When you live out in the boonies...I'm thinking of places like Central New Hampshire, Upstate New York, West Texas, Central Georgia, etc... and your nearest neighbor is five miles away, the lights on POVs are a necessity, not a "whecker" toy. People in those areas know that if they see their neighbor going down the highway with his strobes going that he or she is on a call and they respect those lights.
Sure, if you live in the village you go the firehouse and get the rig, and as soon as you fill the cab you roll out. But what happens when that cab is full (some enigne only hold 4 firefighters), and 6 firefighters arrive at the station to respond? You take the brush truck too, but then what?
"Back in the day" they'd fill the tailboard too. But that isn't an option anymore. The only remaining answer is that FFs coming from further out respond to the scene, suit-up and report to the IC for assignment.