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Emergency Vehicle Light Knowledge Base

Emergency Vehicle Lights

Emergency vehicle lights are visual warning gear used on vehicles when drivers need to alert others of urgency. Emergency lights are also used to provide warning of hazards or to inform a driver of a need to stop for cops. Cars or trucks driven by emergency personnel include; cop cars, fire trucks, and ambulances. Some states also see volunteer firefighters or EMS cars and trucks as emergency vehicles.

Emergency Vehicles Use Emergency Lights

Lights used on cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances are called emergency lights. This is true because the vehicles are driven by first responders. First responders need lights on their cars or trucks because an emergency could happen at any time. When a call comes in, first responders have to pop on their lights and move traffic. Often, this means the vehicle will travel at high rates of speed. With bright LED emergency lights, drivers can travel fast while creating awareness, visibility, and safety.

While emergency vehicle lights help first responders get to calls, the lights also help victims. Victims will often see lights long before help gets to them. The shine of LEDs can help victims stay calm, or hang on knowing help is near. Lights in the distance can also help stop some problems before they get out of hand. For instance, the flash of red and blues a block away may make an angry crowd calm down, or scare a burglar away from a home.

Category of Emergency Vehicles

Emergency vehicles are used by first responders, but some are better known than others. Below, we will go over different types of vehicles used by police, fire, and EMS. We can’t forget our volunteers, who work hard to outfit their own vehicles. Check out some videos from our volunteers here!

Police Emergency VehiclePolice Emergency Vehicles

Patrol cars are everywhere, but not everyone knows that police departments use a variety of different vehicles. The most popular police cars include:

  • Patrol cars
  • Sport Utility vehicles
  • Response cars
  • Surveillance vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Riot control vehicles
  • Bait cars
  • Unmarked cars
  • Liaison cars
  • K-9 unit vehicles

Fire Emergency VehicleFire Department Vehicles

The fire truck belongs to the fire department, but fire trucks also have a variety of other vehicles in their fleet. Other fire department vehicles include:

  • Aerial trucks
  • Wildland trucks
  • Heavy rescue vehicles
  • Command vehicles
  • Tanker trucks
  • Brush fire trucks
  • Crane trucks
  • Pumper trucks
  • Dive/Marine rescue truck
  • Animal rescue truck

Not all fire departments will have all of these trucks, and some departments have more. No matter what type of fire trucks a department uses, they will likely have fire lights installed.

EMS Emegency VehiclesEMS Vehicles

The most recognized EMS vehicle is the ambulance. But, EMS departments also have other cars or trucks in their fleet. Other EMS vehicles include:

  • Patient transport ambulances
  • Bariatric ambulances
  • Response units (Fly cars)
  • Charity ambulances
  • Air ambulances

Click here for a comparison of emergency vehicles and the lights they use.

Types of Emergency Vehicle Lights

With so many different types of emergency vehicles on the road, it is no surprise that there are many emergency lights to choose from. The most common emergency vehicle lights used today include:

For more information about the pros and cons of different emergency vehicle lights click here.

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Emergency Light Warranty, Shipment, and Refund Information

When buying emergency lights, you want to make sure you choose a retailer that has clear warranty, shipment, and refund information. ETD has this! We have made easy to read and follow warranty, shipment, and refund policies. This info is on our site and our team can answer any questions you may have.