Any emergency responders (IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ONLY)?
So blue courtesy lights... I'm a volunteer firefighter... I turned 18 two months ago.. So once my probationary papers are done I can get a permit for the lights... Now my question is if I get an emergency fire call. What do I need to do at a traffic light am I supposed to stop and wait or can I run it like cops do.. Stop and look then go? I really want to know everything I can and cant do.. So I dont lose my privileges.. (by the way I know that other drivers MUST yeild)
- JenniferLv 48 years agoFavorite Answer
Read this document to get some guidance on responding to an emergency.
Here are some good message board tips: http://www.firehouse.com/forums/t113094/
NEW JERSEY STATUTES "Emergency Vehicles" http://www.iafc.org/files/downloads/VEHICLE_SAFETY...
VERY briefly, you need to find out if your personal vehicle is legally considered an emergency response vehicle when you have your lights on. The information you're looking for should come along with your lights permit. Since having lights is a privilege, you can expect to get all of the information about their use, what constitutes misuse, and what kind of penalties you will get for violations.
Where I live, even police and troopers (in marked emergency vehicles) slow drastically for uncontrolled intersections (no signs, no lights). It's unreasonable to expect another driver to see you even with your lights on if you are speeding. Even gunning through intersections is limited unless eminent death, serious bodily harm, or major property damage CAN BE PREVENTED. If you're volunteer and you're in your own vehicle, you won't have the tools in your own vehicle to effectively manage an emergency, so don't run intersections, lights or not. Even if you beat the truck there, you won't be much help, and the risk of damage to yourself and others because you are rushing with so much adrenaline is too high for a few minutes of you on the scene.
New Jersey recently updated their "move over" law to get drivers to give stopped emergency vehicles with lights rolling enough space on the road that pedestrians and responders won't get hit by traffic. This doesn't apply to you if you are in your vehicle and moving. Think of your lights like road flares - if they are in one place, people can identify where they are and avoid them. If you're moving with your lights, they can't tell where you're going.
When in doubt, talk to your Chief. A lot of departments require that responders with lights get an overview with their chief and written approval to use lights in their response area.