Leadership

With Our Readers

Issue 7 and Volume 107.

With Our Readers Mounting Warning Lights To the Editor— While paging through a recent issue of Fire Engineering, I noticed a wide disparity in the location of red warning lights on fire apparatus. A quick check showed seven mounted on cab roofs; five on left front fenders; two on grille on bumpers (between main headlights); and eight with multiple lights on left front fenders and cab roofs. In 1951, while Fire Marshal, Army Arctic Training Center, Big Delta, Alaska, I had several complaints by fire truck drivers that vehicles failed to give fire apparatus the right-of-way at night. Our combination siren-red flashing light was mounted on the left front fender of our apparatus. A field test quickly revealed that the trucks’ main headlights completely drowned out the red flashing light at about three hundred feet. We shifted the combination sirenflashing red light to the cab roof and found them visible…

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