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Traffic vests or not?

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  • #91
    Since this has been resurrected I'll put mine in. We are required to wear them at all MVA or when on a roadway. I keep a high viz coat for winter months also. The only way around it is to be in full turnouts. I won't say I always wear mine, if I'm first on the scene I won't put mine on unless I have to direct traffic when a higher medic response takes over....if they do. Otherwise I will put the vest on or the coat. I try not to wear turnouts unless needed. I have noticed that the officers don't wear them, although they're supposed to.
    As far as whether they help or not, I honestly don't think so, if you miss seeing 3 or more vehicles with lights all over them painted bright red then you won't see a vest. They do help at night to an extent but that's more for seeing exactly where someone is while moving to direct traffic.


    • #92
      Here in Rhode Island, we're required to wear the vests over our gear, if gear is necessary, on Federal and State roads for our department insurance. We cover a lot of interstate highway and other busy state roads, so it's become a bit of a force of habit for us. While the big red trucks and flashy lights should typically get a drivers attention, Rhode Islanders get very nosy around accidents and tend to not pay attention to anything at all.


      • #93
        When i was Chief, i mandated it at all MVAs and anytime we were in traffic. I think it adds to our safety when working around traffic. It doesn't hurt or hinder anybody.
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        TLVFD, NY


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