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Just watching a couple of episodes of the recent 'The Tube' series, and have a query about the Emergency Response Team that have been featured.

Cutting to the chase, is this the only private company that are permitted to use blue lights in traffic?
 
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Just watching a couple of episodes of the recent 'The Tube' series, and have a query about the Emergency Response Team that have been featured.

Cutting to the chase, is this the only private company that are permitted to use blue lights in traffic?

I may be completely wrong, but isn't the driver a BTP PC?

EDIT: According to this it is/was a BTP driver: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/p...the-tube-to-be-boosted-under-blue-light-trial

So technically it's the BTP driver that is using the lights.
 
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the_sniper is correct. The NIRM who is escorted by a BTP officer is not permitted to drive with blue lights. Only the BTP officer can drive under blue lights and only when a blue light run is approved by the BTP FCRL.
 

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This is why the BTP officer is always driving and the guy in the orange hi-vis is always the passenger. In essence no the private company does not use a blue light response.
 

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This is why the BTP officer is always driving and the guy in the orange hi-vis is always the passenger.

Is it orange? It seems pink to my eyes, in line with other TfL 'passenger management' roles.
 

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That said, even if the driver wasn't BTP, it wouldn't be the only private company permitted to use blue lights in traffic.

There are private ambulance companies across the country who respond to emergencies on behalf of the NHS. There are also industrial fire services based at major sites and airports around the UK as well as the likes of Serco and Assetco who provide outsourced and strike cover.
 
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It would be my dream job working in that team, combining trains with a response role.
 

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Without looking again on Channel 5 to see if it appears pink, I assure you the NIRM's hi-vis look-a-like stab vest is orange.

Definitely orange tonight, though it did look a bit pinkish in some of the scenes where the camera (and presumably the film lighting) were close to it.
 

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It would be my dream job working in that team, combining trains with a response role.

Certainly does sound like a varied role - however dealing with violent drunks and troublemakers etc. doesn't sound too attractive to me.

Definitely orange tonight, though it did look a bit pinkish in some of the scenes where the camera (and presumably the film lighting) were close to it.

I think the colour must depend on the lighting then (and the viewers eyes)! Only way to know for sure would be to see it in public,where, as mention up the thread, it is orange.
 

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Certainly does sound like a varied role - however dealing with violent drunks and troublemakers etc. doesn't sound too attractive to me.


The NIRM doesn't do much of that kind of work; that's more CSA/SS'. The NIRM is usually sent to Cat 1 incidents (those which have the potential to cause significant customer delay) or customer injuries where the BTP medic could be faster than the LAS, or where the RAIB could be notified.
 

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That said, even if the driver wasn't BTP, it wouldn't be the only private company permitted to use blue lights in traffic.

There are private ambulance companies across the country who respond to emergencies on behalf of the NHS. There are also industrial fire services based at major sites and airports around the UK as well as the likes of Serco and Assetco who provide outsourced and strike cover.

I don't know whether this is a definitive list but it seems to cover most organisations. Including as you can see the RNLI in certain circumstances. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_vehicle_equipment_in_the_United_Kingdom
 
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