NJ allows or did allow blue lights on fire rigs, I have even seen blue Mars 888sEngine33Truck said:
I've seen some FD's in the US run red and blue but never just blue. That's an interesting concept, and if it works, I say go with it!GA_Dave said:Numerous States authorize blue warning lights for fire apparatus. In some States, certain FD's just use blue lights because they do the job and don't worry about the cops ego! The point is visibility and safety, isn't it? Blue lights stand out from everything else because nothing else out there has blue lights except emergency vehicles. I know of two States that have changed the law in recent years to authorize fire apparatus to have blue lights.
Just what do you mean by that??? (just kidding!) ;DI would sincerely like to make some comments about blue lights/red lights/green lights/white lights----but I'm not going to say anything because there are those out here that are touchy
Lights like that are pretty effective, also. People are used to white lights on vehicles, but the white "sweep" lights and other forms of white lights thrown on apparatus are a lot brighter and harsher than most other white lights seen on the road.johnmocha said:My favorite light and most effective light that I had the pleasure of using (on our 1980 Mack CF) was a Federal Aerodynic (I believe) that was all red but had a white "sweep" light in the middle. It worked like a charm and was so much better than the original four bulb Federal rotating beacon.
I'm mostly going to leave this alone, as I have very strong feelings about those chevrons, LOL. If they're so effective (not saying they're not), then why aren't they required on commercial vehicles? To which tractor-trailers are often like black holes at night, you don't see them until you're right on top of them. I like hearing the perspective of those in other states, as, like I said, I'm in favor of legislation that replaces the amber lights on the back of WV fire truks with a blue light or two.paulromano said:As hard as it is for me to get used to, the diagonal, reflective striping on the back of apparatus is effective in getting seen.
Chicago used the Aurora Borealis light---think Mars made it. Spectacular light!!I HAVE RODE WITH A CHIEF IN CHICAGO AND WHAT EVER THEY HAD SWEPT THE INTERSECTION UPON APPROACH MAY BE THE 888S
I saw floating around here on this site that the science used to prove that is regarded as "junk science", aka pseudo science. I've seen elsewhere that those "scientific tests" were more or less rigged. I believe that, while red is the tradition and personal preference, the color of the truck really doesn't matter as long as it has sufficient visual and audible warning devices to respond to calls safely. Now as to a national color, I don't necessarily agree that every fire truck in the US should be painted in one color and every cop car in another, so on and so forth, as much as I agree that there should be a national color of light. As in I believe that every fire apparatus should have at least one blue or green light somewhere on the rear rather than an amber light, and ever cop car should have a different color that clashes with the light bar (like if they only use blue lights then it should be red, amber or something like that, and if they use red and blue lights, then it should be black, white or green).START WATER said:They now claim the best color to be seen in all weather is the puke green color of airport fire trucks .
AMEN! We have far too much regulation from "Big Brother" now.Fellas, please get the one color for the nation out of your minds - "-who" will determine it? We are being ruled by too many "up above" now - - do whatever is best for you -- you decide,not some one else -- sure, it is wise to use scientific information - - assuming it is correct!
Dan E. Boyd