Do it, then do it right
I have mixed emotions on all of this. I am a member of a volunteer department and I also am a career fire/medic. I have about 12 years under my belt all together. The state of MN does not allow per statute any first responders/ems/fire personnel in personally owned vehicles to have any lighting let alone sirens in their vehicles. This kinda frustrates me at times, but most of the time it makes more sense. MN does allow a stationary red light forward facing if approved by chief, good luck on that, huge liability. One of my issues is...you don't install enough lighting and you blast your horns and sirens and get all huffy puffy cuz no one moves. Here's a question...in the states that allow lights and sirens...does state statute allow you to go through intersections, does it make it mandatory that others pull over for your covert emergency vehicle? If so, prove it. Educate yourself before a state patrol/hwy patrol does it for you. So many issues with us volunteers running around with this gear. Don't get me wrong, if you are in the letter of the law and you install proper equipment, awesome! If you half *** it and think you are superman, shame on you. Research....read the studies that show that lights and siren may actually slow your response time. Read the studies and know the facts that most moron civilian drivers will not pull over for a full blown fire apparatus let alone your WJ, XJ or TJ with pretty lights and siren. So much liability involved. Does your car insurance cover your vehicle in case of a crash when you blow through a stop sign or light? Lots of things to think about. As I cruise down an hour south of our local hospital with a cardiac patient, we run lights and siren to get them to the cath lab to clean them out and hopefully save them, pretty big deal. However, I'd say 25% of drivers disregard our lights and sirens and won't even move over. The truth that some civilians regard volunteer/paid on call firefighters as a joke until they need us is another issue. They may actually impede your response, and what are the repercussions? Are they legally bound to yield? If not, are you just going to get pissed and aggressive on the road while amped up for a structure fire or hot call? So much to think about. Do it right brothers and sisters who serve in emergency services. Stay safe and get home, that is what really matters.
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