I am just wondering if any of you as rural EMS providers use lights/light bars and sirens on your personal vehicles when responding directly to a scene. I found personally that when I didn't have them that it took a very long time to get to a distant scene as no one else on the road knew that I was an EMT and that I needed to get somewhere in a hurry. Then I purchased a light bar for my vehicle and now if/when I have to get to a rural scene my travel time is cut nearly in half as (most) people will pull aside and let me pass.
What does your service think about the idea, is it allowed/encouraged/discouraged in your area ? Does your personal insurance offer you coverage in case of an accident en route using lights, does your service cover your personal vehicle if you respond directly to the scene (with/without lights) ?
Just some questions I have, would love to hear your thoughts... pros/cons on the lights on personal vehicles issue. Why do you think we should/shouldn't use them... I look forward to hearing your thoughts.