What Volunteer Firefighters Need to Know Before Buying LED Emergency Lights

Posted by Extreme Tactical Dynamics on Jun 29th 2019

Many volunteer firefighters want to buy an LED light bar as soon as they become a member of a department. We understand, it’s exciting.Volunteers are eager to serve their community and want equipment that will help them get to calls as quickly as possible. However, it’s important to realize there are rules and regulations that first responders including volunteer firefighters must follow regarding LED emergency lights. Check out some of the basic information below and let us know if you have any questions.

Emergency Vehicle Light Permissions – Government, Public,and Private Citizen

Emergency vehicle lights permission vary greatly depending on who you are and what your occupation is. There are even significant differences between government and public works warning light permissions. With so much variance in who can and who is not permitted to use red, blue, white, green, or amber lighting on their vehicle, it can be difficult to determine what’s allowed. For this reason, it’s imperative you do your own research.

We’ve heard plenty of stories of guys who ordered the same red and white lights as another guy in their department, or a color combination that someone told them was okay, and then later found out it wasn’t. Using the wrong colored emergency lighting is a big deal. In fact, it’s illegal, and can result in criminal charges and fines. Instead of guessing what LED emergency strobe lights you’re allowed to use, it’s imperative volunteers check their state and local statutes regarding emergency vehicle lighting. Every state has them, and the differences vary greatly.

Most Common Warning Light Limitations

As we said above, the difference in LED strobe light permissions vary greatly. However, some warning light limitations are universal. For example, many states only allow police vehicles to use red and blue flashing lights. In areas where police use red and blue combo lights, all other vehicles are prohibited from using both red and blue lights. Another common warning light color limitation is red and white. Red and white combination lights are often only allowed to be used on fire department and EMS vehicles. But, some states allow tow trucks and volunteers to use red and white lighting.

Public Works and Private Citizen Amber Light Permissions

Some states don’t allow public work departments or private citizens to use any emergency light color except amber. Amber strobe lights are the most permissive warning light option on the market. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out whether you’re allowed to use this type of equipment before installing. Amber lighting is commonly seen on construction vehicles, public works trucks, and private citizen vehicles used by plow truck drivers and volunteer firefighters.

Buy Durable LED Warning Lights from Extreme Tactical Dynamics

Whether you’re shopping for a police car, emergency vehicle, or POV, you need to know the equipment you are buying is durable and reliable. At Extreme Tactical Dynamics, we offer the highest quality products that ensure what you’re buying will meet your needs. We offer volunteer firefighter lights and other LED light types to meet any need on the road. Contact our experienced customer service team today to learn more about the warning and emergency light options we carry in our online store.

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