Florida’s Definition of an Emergency Vehicle
Each state in the US has different criteria for emergency vehicles. Under Florida state statute 316-003(1), an emergency vehicle is any vehicle driven by fire, ambulance, or police. The statute extends to both privately and publicly owned vehicles. Florida also allows vehicles authorized by the Department of Health, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, and Department of Environmental Protection to be authorized for use as an emergency vehicle.
Florida Police Lights are Blue
Florida’s state statute 316-2397(2) requires law enforcement to use blue emergency lights. Blue cop lights can be used on fleet vehicles, undercover vehicles, and even the personal operating vehicles of police commissioners, or investigators.
Florida Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes Requires Ambulances and Fire Trucks to Use Red Lights
Florida emergency vehicle light state statute 316-2397(3) allows ambulances and fire department vehicles to use red lights on emergency vehicles. This state emergency light statute extends to volunteer firefighters, which means volunteers can also use red lights on their POVs. Additionally, the extension of this law to volunteer firefighters also includes medical staff technicians and medical staff physicians when they are en route to an emergency at a hospital they have privileges at.
Pilot Vehicle Warning Lighting in Florida
Florida Department of Transportation regulations require pilot car drivers to be certified. The state requires pilot vehicles be equipped with amber warning lights with Class 2 specifications. The lights must also meet SAE J845 and SAE J1318 requirements.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 850-617-2000
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.