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Where Should Tow Truck Lights be Installed?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Latest News | 0 comments

Tow trucks need to have lights mounted on the front, back, and top of the vehicle. Lights around the entire vehicle allow the driver to see around the whole truck for better visibility. Some tow trucks carry magnetic mount LEDs and install them on the car being towed to increase its presence on the road.
If you are buying a new tow truck, you need to consider what type of lighting will make your vehicle noticeable on the road; especially when towing another vehicle. At 911 Signal USA, we specialize in high-quality tow truck lights that will improve the durability of your entire system.

When Should Tow Truck Drivers Use Lighting?

There are tons of situations that could cause a tow truck driver to use their warning lights. In general, it’s better to err on the side of caution when installing tow truck lights. For instance, we recommend having more lights than you think you need because you never know what could happen on the road. Tow truck drivers often have to work near busy roads to hook up a disabled car. In this situation, it’s best to use as many lights as possible, so that other drivers realize someone is working near the road.
Tow truck drivers also use their lights when they’re pulling a car. There are several reasons a driver may need lights when towing, but the most important are that the tow truck is usually traveling slower than traffic on the road. By riding with the lights on, drivers are aware of a situation and use more caution.

How to Choose the Right Light for Your Tow Truck

If you need lights for your tow truck, you’ll find them at 911 Signal USA. We are ready and prepared to provide you with the best quality lighting choices that will help you be prepared for any situation. Contact us today, and we’ll help you choose the right tow trucks for your rig.

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Tips to Survive Rotating Shift Work

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

Many first responders work rotating shifts, which can make maintaining a normal life difficult. Not only do these men and women work alternating shifts, but they also work weekends and holidays too. If you are one of the lucky ones that work rotating shifts, we have provided several tips on how to survive below.

Prepare Before Your Shift

Whether you have to be to work at 5 am or midnight, you probably don’t want to do all your prep work right before your shift. Instead, get your uniform, food, and anything else you need ready before your shift starts. Always keep these items in the same spot, so you won’t have to look for it when it’s time to go.

Show Up on Time

Shift work isn’t your average 9 to 5, which means you can’t simply clock out when your shift is over. First responders need to wait until their replacement is there to leave. To make the workplace a happier place, make sure to show up on time. If you continually show up on time, chances are your co-workers will too.

Take Care of Your Health

Believe it or not, working rotating shifts can affect your health. Your body has an internal clock and when you don’t sleep or eat when your body thinks you should, it can cause health issues. To avoid throwing your body into havoc, follow the tips below.

  • Practice good posture
  • Don’t sit for the entire shift
  • Get fresh air whenever possible
  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid energy drinks and fake sugar

Good Sleeping Rituals

Your body needs sleep to function. Without proper sleep, you can’t function at home or work. To survive your rotating shifts, you need to establish a good sleeping ritual. Make sure your bedroom is cold and dark. If there are other people in the house, or you live in a busy neighborhood, you may also want to invest in a sleeping mask and comfortable ear plugs.

Establish a Routine

When you are getting used to rotating shifts, you need to establish a routine that will program your body for its new schedule. To do this, you need to eat and sleep on the days you work. Don’t worry about anything else. On your actual days off, you can run errands, go out with friends and catch up on household chores. As your body gets use to the new schedule, you may be able to add new activities on the days you work, but don’t rush it.

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How Firefighters Should Deal with Bullies and Cyber Bullies

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

Today cyber bullying and regular bullying are regular topics for school age children. Unfortunately, this topic is usually only aimed towards kids, and as we all know, grown-ups can be bullies too. As firefighters, police officers, EMS workers, security officers, and tow truck drivers, you have probably been the target of an in-person bully or a cyber bully. You know who I’m talking about, the guy who has never worked in public service, but knows exactly how you should do your job. Or, the gal who wants to critique every step a police officer took during a traffic stop, even though she only watched a grainy YouTube video on Facebook. During these situations, it’s important to keep your cool and remain professional, and we understand that can be difficult to do. We will go over a few examples below of firefighters being put on blast, and offer suggestions on how to deal with critiques in an era where insulting firefighters, police officers, and other public servants can make you famous.

Rhonda Applegate’s Five Minutes of Fame

While we can all agree there are times when civilians have legitimate gripes with firefighters or other public servants, I believe it is safe to say, Rhonda Applegate doesn’t have a leg to stand on. In her video rant, Applegate goes on and on about the use of public vehicles during the funeral procession for Chief Mark Farren. Throughout the video, Applegate expresses that she feels first responders should not receive special treatment over civilians. What Applegate seems to have forgotten is that Chief Farren served his community diligently, and the public servants in the parade were happy to give their time, and a few gallons of gas to honor their fallen hero. There were no emergency calls during the time of the procession, and this type of ceremony is common all over the country.

Man Goes Off on Firefighters Getting Groceries

Another viral video making its way around the Internet shows a man screaming at firefighters at a grocery store. The civilian repeatedly scolds firefighters for grocery shopping when they should be at the firehouse, in his opinion. While this video shows the type of criticism public servants can face in the public, it is also a great example of firefighters being able to remain professional in a heated situation as well. As you watch, you will see that the firefighters never respond to the man’s antics, even though his criticism is baseless. Way to take the high road, guys!

Take the High Road

As you can see in the video, the man eventually quiets down when he realizes the firefighters aren’t up for a fight, and that’s the only way to handle people like this. Usually, as with these two videos, bullies, yes they are bullies, are just looking for a stage and an audience. The most important thing to do in this situation is not to take the bait. By refusing to give them what they want, they will eventually go away. In the instances where a civilian may have a legitimate issue, they will usually follow the proper procedures to lodge their complaint. In this type of situation, it is even more important for firefighters, police, and others to keep their cool and take the high road. For those that just want their five minutes of fame, a formal complaint is never usually filed.

Offer Facts and Walk Away

In online situations, it can be easy for professionals to aid fuel to someone’s rants. If ignoring an online bully doesn’t work, you can always offer facts. (Just make sure you have information to back up the facts, if necessary). The important way to handle an online bully, cyberbully, is to offer facts, answer questions in a professional manner, and then simply move on. It’s also important to remember for every disrespectful critic out there, there is a community of people who respect, admire, and support all first responders and public servants.
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How Clean is Your Firefighting Gear?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

Some firefighters revel in the salty smell of their fire helmet and gear but have you ever wondered how clean your firefighting equipment is? Additionally, have you wondered if your gear is contaminated, or even harmful to your health? Well, if you haven’t, the NFPA Technical Committee for Structural Firefighting Protective Clothing and Equipment has.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation Project

The Fire Protection Research Foundation began a study to determine prevalent contaminants found in firefighter’s protective clothing. The project went on to validate cleaning processes used to remove contaminants. At completion, the research will be used to provide improved cleaning requirements and guidance in addition to NFPA 1851 standards.

Firefighting Gear gets Dirty

It’s no secret that firefighting gear gets dirty. When firefighters enter a structure fire, their protective clothing gets covered in a variety of chemicals; including biological and hazardous materials. In fact, contaminants can be found in hoods, gloves, and garments. Contamination can occur in actual and simulated fire conditions. The most common contaminants found in firefighter clothing include carcinogens such as phthalates (plasticizers), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and phenol-based chemicals. Some studies have shown these substances, or metabolic derivatives of these substances have been found in firefighter’s urine or blood samples after they have been exposed to them.

Which Substances are Important to Remove and How?

The problem with determining how clean your firefighting gear is that there isn’t a system established that adequately measures contamination. Adding to the problem is the fact that the way firefighter gear is laundered and the products available to launder these items are rated for effectiveness in removing common contaminants firefighters are exposed to.

Many believe that frequent laundering of firefighter gear is the best way to rid the clothes of contamination but is it? It’s hard to say because there is no verification that shows whether contaminants can effectively be removed by standard laundering. However, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is trying to change that.

Establishing Procedures to Remove Contaminants from Firefighting Gear

To help keep firefighters safer, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is working to establish regulations that will determine what laundering processes truly remove contaminants from garments and equipment. The project will do this by determining what contaminants are found in soiled firefighting clothes. Clothing will be collected by a designated committee and then a contractor will develop procedures that will sample and analyze collected materials.

Once the contractor can determine which contaminants are most often found in firefighter clothing, they will work to eliminate them through a thorough investigation of cleaning agents and processes. Detergents, water temperatures, and rinsing cycles will all be tested to determine the best way to eliminate contaminants.

The third phase of the project will take biological contamination and blood-borne pathogens into account. At the conclusion of the project, the Fire Protection Research Foundation hopes the NFPA 1851 will undergo changes that will help create better practices in laundering firefighter gear.

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The History of the Confederate Flag

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

Shortly after the bloody massacre at a Charleston church people began arguing about the Confederate flag. The church shooting claimed the lives of 9 African-American worshipers and set off a heated debate regarding the public displays of the Confederate flag in the south. Although many have supported and opposed the flag’s presence in government buildings in the south, the debate was pushed to a new level after images of the alleged Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof, emerged. In one particular photo, Roof had draped himself in a Confederate flag. As a result of the shooting and heated debate, many southern lawmakers, including Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, have ordered the battle flag be removed from the state capitol. Many supporters of the flag disagree with lawmakers decision and argue that the flag has an important part in American history, especially in the southern United States. To help you understand both sides of the debate, we have gathered important information about the origin and history of the Confederate flag.

Emblem of Heritage or Symbol of Hate and Racism

Today, there is a heated debate about whether the Confederate flag is an emblem of heritage or a symbol of hate and racism. Many in the south, especially descendants of Confederate soldiers, believe the Confederate flag is an emblem of heritage, which deserves to be recognized and observed in history books. Those opposed to the Confederate flag believe it is a symbol of hate and racism. One of the reasons the Confederate flag is often associated with hate and racism is because it has become a symbol often used by white supremacist and neo-nazi groups. Learn more about the history and purpose of the Confederate flag here.

History of the Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag is the flag the Army of Northern Virginia used during the Civil War. The Confederate flag that is commonly seen today was not the first flag used by the Northern Virginian Army. Over time, the design of the Confederate flag has changed and so has its meaning.

The Southern Cross

Today’s Confederate flag is often called the Southern Cross. The cross is actually a Saint Andrew’s cross, which is named after the cross St. Andrew was crucified on. Sometimes, this particular cross shape is called a saltire. Many believe a saltire cross is a symbol of independence and freedom. Other countries that use a saltire cross on their flag include the United Kingdom, Scotland, and Jamaica.

13 Stars on the Confederate Flag

Inside the southern cross are 13 stars. 11 of the 13 stars represent Confederate states. The two additional stars represent Kentucky and Missouri. Neither Kentucky or Missouri was seceded during the Civil War, but these “slave” states were claimed by the Confederacy during this time. 11 states included in the Confederacy include:

  1. Texas
  2. South Carolina
  3. North Carolina
  4. Louisiana
  5. Florida
  6. Alabama
  7. Georgia
  8. Mississippi
  9. Texas
  10. Tennessee
  11. Virginia

Was the Civil War Fought Over Slavery or Money?

Many believe that the Civil War was simply about slavery, and others believe the war began because of money. Some people strongly believe the north and south went to war over the ownership of slaves, and others believe the war began because the north and the south were worried about the other financially destroying them. Depending on what side of the argument you feel strongly about likely influences how you feel about the Confederate flag. Things to consider when deciding how you feel about the Confederate flag is the fact that it wasn’t just southerners that owned slaves. In fact, history shows that slaves were owned in the north and the south. Many also believe that slave ships flew Confederate flags. History has dispelled this myth and pointed out that no southern flag ever flew on a slave ship. The south didn’t even have any slave ships. Slaves were brought to North America by the Dutch, English, and Portuguese.

Confederate Flag is a Battle Flag – Not a National Flag

When determining whether you support or oppose the Confederate flag, it’s important to remember this isn’t a national flag. Instead, the Confederate flag is simply a battle flag. The flag was first introduced as a national flag, but was rejected as so in 1861. It was carried into battle by the south, and was never intended to be a national flag.

The Confederate Flag is not an Authorized Symbol of Hate Groups

Unfortunately, many hate groups, the KKK, the Aryan brotherhood, and white supremacist use the Confederate flag in their literature, videos, and even at rallies. However, it is important to remember the Confederate flag is not an authorized symbol of hate groups. The SCV, Sons of Confederate Veterans also use the Confederate flag as a symbol of their group. Unlike the hate groups that embrace the Confederate flag, the SCV understands the heritage of the flag and works daily to dismiss the misconceptions that the flag is an authorized symbol of hate groups.

Celebrities Weighing in on the Confederate Flag Controversy

With all the controversy surrounding the use of the Confederate flag on government buildings and at promotional events, many celebrities have weighed in with their opinions. Nascar driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., went on record stating he believed the Confederate flag is important, and belongs in the history books. Ben Jones a former democratic politician and Dukes of Hazzard actor defends the use of the Confederate flag and calls it a symbol of “the spirit of the South.” Celebrities that oppose the Confederate flag include Whoopi Goldberg and John Oliver. Goldberg compares the battle flag to the swastika used by Nazis and Oliver says the flag identifies with the worst kinds of people.

It doesn’t seem like the controversy about the Confederate flag will die down anytime soon. Feel free to share your opinions for or against the waving of the Confederate flag in the comments below.

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Run Directional and Code Lights with the PL4-D8 Traffic Advisor

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Latest News, Traffic Advisors | 0 comments

The PL4-D8 traffic advisor is ideal for volunteer firefighters, ambulances, police, and utility truck drivers. This traffic advisor has linear lenses and will help you direct or move traffic whenever you need it. The unit is available in split or solid color combinations and is a great addition to any emergency light set-up.

What You Need to Know About the PL4-D8 Traffic Advisor

The PL4-D8 traffic advisor meets and exceeds SAE safety standards. The unit is created with 3W LEDs and comes pre-programmed with 30 flash patterns. All of the LED modules in the unit are rugged and water-resistant. The unit measures 35” L x 2.2” W x 1.8” H.

PL4-D8 Flash Patterns

No matter where you go, you can count on this LED traffic advisor to provide you with exactly what you need. Check out our demo video below to see the variety of flash patterns offered by this unit. In total, the PL4-D8 creates 26 different flash patterns.

Traffic Advisor is Sold with Mounting Brackets

When you purchase this emergency light from our online store, you will receive everything you need to install the light right away. The best thing about this dual color traffic advisor is that it is incredibly easy to install. In fact, with two simple screws, you can install this light right away.

PL4-D8 Traffic Advisor Product Demo YouTube Video

To truly showcase how unique the PL4-D8 traffic advisor is, we have created a detailed product demo video. Watch the video to see how effortlessly the light switches from code lights to directional arrows. There is no cool down period between code lighting and directional lighting, so you can flip the switch whenever you need to.

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