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I've been a firefighter since sometime around 2002-2003. I've always had fire plates on my car simply to persuade cops that there maybe someone else worth pulling over instead of me. Either way I'd like to get EMT plates now which are just $25.00. I stop at most MVA's to at least offer my help. I thought I'd get the plates to identify my vehicle on any scene in which I respond but I also worry. If I drive passed an accident with the plates am I going to get shit later on? Does anyone else have any experiences with this that may be helpful?
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[quote author=biggee72 link=topic=151503.msg3247539#msg3247539 date=1248613254]
I've been a firefighter since sometime around 2002-2003. I've always had fire plates on my car simply to persuade cops that there maybe someone else worth pulling over instead of me. Either way I'd like to get EMT plates now which are just $25.00. I stop at most MVA's to at least offer my help. I thought I'd get the plates to identify my vehicle on any scene in which I respond but I also worry. If I drive passed an accident with the plates am I going to get shit later on? Does anyone else have any experiences with this that may be helpful?
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I don't know about your State, but if you are the first one by a MVA in Colorado and don't stop, you'll get shit on if they report you. It's the law to stop and render assistance out here. Not just for EMT's.
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Being from NJ also, I also have fire plates. I have FMBA plates though, I don't stop at anything unless no emergency response services are on location yet.

I don't think it really matters and I am not to sure what the law is in NJ pertaining to whether you should stop to assist or not.

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Re: EMT license plates..experiences?

While I'm sure there could be some repercussions, they'd have to prove that it was you driving instead of the wifey, friend, etc.

I wouldn't worry about it, how many people are checking out passer-by's license plates at the scene of an accident?
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Honestly, why WOULDN'T you stop since you are a firefighter, and hopefully a qualified EMT since you want the plates?
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Yes, I'm obviously an EMT considering the fact that I'm getting the plates. And as a firefighter what can I possibly do in most situations? Nothing. The only thing we'd do at an accident WITH a fire truck is either A. Fire suppression or B. Extrication. My milan is capable of neither/nor. I'm somewhat new to being an EMT and plan to stop and help wherever I can now which is why I was considering the plates. But fatabot is correct and has appeased my worries.
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You should ask Icspots. He's a EMT.
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[quote author=chargersfaninco link=topic=151503.msg3247621#msg3247621 date=1248621068]
Honestly, why WOULDN'T you stop since you are a firefighter, and hopefully a qualified EMT since you want the plates?
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Maybe he likes to do things on his own time or even possibly occasionally has places to be, and if there's someone on the scene already, big whoop.


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I've cleaned up this thread a bit - saw it turning into a heated debate which I don't think is needed.

Please keep this on topic.

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[quote author=biggee72 link=topic=151503.msg3247539#msg3247539 date=1248613254]
I've been a firefighter since sometime around 2002-2003. I've always had fire plates on my car simply to persuade cops that there maybe someone else worth pulling over instead of me. Either way I'd like to get EMT plates now which are just $25.00. I stop at most MVA's to at least offer my help. I thought I'd get the plates to identify my vehicle on any scene in which I respond but I also worry. If I drive passed an accident with the plates am I going to get shit later on? Does anyone else have any experiences with this that may be helpful?
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You may want to check your local laws as they vary state to state. In some areas you'd be expected to stop and render assistance regardless of whether or not you're displaying EMS plates. In both VA and NC (where I practise/practised) if there is not a reasonable likelihood that you would be dispatched to a particular incident then there is no duty to act, and therefore no negligence if you do not stop and something happens. Even if the NJ laws are the same as down here it's certainly possible (though highly unlikely) that someone on a scene may notice you drive past and call to complain to your supervisor. That said they won't know where you work so unless you have a sticker on your car or they recognise you you're probably off the hook.

IMO having plates doesn't mean you have to stop and help people out. I agree with you that unless I see something happen or if no one else has arrived I don't stop on roadsides anymore. I did witness a rollover MVC the other day, stopped and called it in. I think the dispatcher was happy to receive a quick concise report with all the info. she needed and that the responders expected without having to play the 20 questions game. Even so all I was able to do was provide a scene size up, do a quick assessment on the patients and let them know what they had since I didn't have any equipment.


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