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#44 Aug 3, 2007
I have mixed reviews on the cops and firemen and the ambulances that surface Long Island....
In the event of an emergency, sirens should sound the alert, then the lights pressed on and travel at a fast speed,but not fly. Your a car, not a plane. Give people some reaction time, although they ignore you anyway. They panic, do they move left or right? But the people that keep going aggrivate me. They think they are above the emergency. They will cause an emergency.
Second case, You have these jr. Firefighters who join the Fire Department when they are 16, 17, whatever. Your driving down a 2-lane road, just going the speed limit, but now he is late for an important baseball game or football game at the Firehouse, or his girlfriend wants to see him, he flicks his blue light on. There's no fire, no emergency, why in the world does he put everyone elses life in jeaporady because he has the Fireman title. Its disturbing they think they are above everyone else, and think they own the road. So if you have any consideration for people on the road, dont be a conceeded jerk and flick the lights on because your team has the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. And when you run into me with no emergency... expect a hefty lawsuit from me!
#45 Aug 3, 2007
and those who think that what they read is actually factual should just stop wasting the good air that the rest of us need to live in the real world.
#46 Aug 4, 2007
If you "flick on your blue light" when you're not responding to a call:
1.) Most EMS personel have scanners and pagers so they know what calls are out and who's responding to each call.
2.) If there's no call and/or you're not responding to a call...your "light" privileges get revoke and you get put on probation usually for about 6 months.
Believe me...most of us don't turn on our green or blue lights for the hell of it. Those that do usually end up paying for it.
As for people who keep saying that they can't hear sirens with A/C going, Road Noise, etc...
The sirens we have on our current ambulances were made with those considerations. The frequency and decibels that these things pour out is enormous. I had someone make a left turn through an intersection, while we were clearing it, and smash right into the side of our rig. He claimed he didn't see or hear it. Sorry, people who get into accidents; especially when they know they're at fault; will claim to not see or hear anything because you can't prove that they did...and it saves their insurance rates from going up. If you can't see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching then there's a problem. Usually the problem is the driver doing something other than driving.
#47 Aug 4, 2007
If you can't see and/or hear an emergency vehicle with its lights and siren activated you can't see or hear anything and shouldn't be driving.
#48 Aug 6, 2007
My comments expressed the view of Jr. Firefighters in The New Hyde Park /Garden City Park / Williston Park/ Albertson department. I havent seen such carelessness anywhere on Long Island but them.
#49 Aug 13, 2007
I think you missed one important note. Even when you flick on your Blue lights, you cannot violate any traffic laws, you do not have the same rights as emergency vehicles. However, I do let you go by and dont care of you speed, but there were a few accidents in my old neighborhood caused by Firemen trying to go through a red light.
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