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Is it illegal for firefighter to have red emergency lights on his POV?


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June 26, 2012 3:59PM

State laws vary.

A POV (privatelyowned vehicle) of a VOLUNTEER (or on-call) firefighter may be used for responding to emergencies or to the station. Some states authorize special red warning lights to be installed and used appropriately, sometimes requiring specific authorization of the fire chief. Other states require such special emergency warning lights to be a different color, such as green or blue. In most US states, not including NY, blue is reserved for law enforcement vehicles. Amber sometimes supplements these, but only on the sides or rear of a POV or emergency vehicle.

If the firefighter is NOT a volunteer, or otherwise authorized by some other law, then it is most likely that special emergency warning lights would be prohibited on his or her vehicle.