970 NFPA Dual-Mode, Dual-Color Lightbar


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Making NFPA vehicles safer and more reliable, for all those affected

When it comes to emergency vehicle safety, simply adding brighter lights is not synonymous with increased safety. Sometimes, more light output increases scene chaos and reduces visibility. TOMAR maintains that powerful solutions require responsible engineering, with all those affected in mind. That’s why TOMAR’s Clear Vision Optics in all of our lightbars ensure not only the light output meets or exceeds industry standard, but that the light is focused where it is needed: Down the road and away from the scene. This is one more way TOMAR is making NFPA warning solutions safer for first responders and motorists alike.


TOMAR’s Scorpion and Black Widow Lightbars are already designed to be the most powerful, most rugged, most serviceable, and most reliable lightbars in the industry, now with our standardized NFPA Light Bars, OEMs and Upfitters alike can enjoy plug-and-play solutions for apparatus builds.

The Scorpion and Black Widow NFPA Lightbars feature all the same qualities of the standard Scorpion and Black Widow such as patented hermetically-sealed modules which can be serviced in seconds; an all-aluminum housing; and optimized optics for reduced scene chaos and blindness; but now are pre-programmed to function specifically on NFPA vehicles.  his pre-programmed selection is based on research and testing, and feedback from the Fire-Fighting Community. 



TOMAR is committed to Clearing the Way for safer environments, by bringing tested and well-engineered products designed with safety above all else to the Fire-Fighting Community.  TOMAR NFPA bars should be optimized for the application and use of large apparatus.


First, TOMAR modified the programming to have two primary warning modes, instead of three: A mode for Calling for the Right of Way (“Calling” mode); and a mode for Blocking the Right of Way (“Blocking” mode). Each of these modes is activated by a single trigger wire, which can also be progressive. This enables easy use of a park-kill (parking brake) feature to disable the Calling mode when the vehicle is on-scene, without the need for user-input.  While the ability to have a third mode is present and can be programmed, out-of-the-box the third mode is set to “off”.  

While TOMAR’s employment of Clear Vision Optics optimizes Lumen output and reach, while reducing vertical stray light, pattern and rate selection was key to optimizing the light-bar’s safety for NFPA-vehicle use.  


In the Calling mode, the lightbar transitions and repeats three distinct patterns: Left/Right, Inboard/Outboard, and Alternating every-other module.  From a distance, the change of pattern combined with the wide-sweeping alternation can more easily be seen by drivers, who are then alerted from further about an approaching emergency vehicle. The flash rate is set to 115 flashes per minute, meeting CA Title-13 compliance when used in conjunction with the optional CA-Steady trigger-wire.


In the Blocking mode, TOMAR has slowed the flash rate of the pattern down to 75 flashes per minute, and reduced the number of patterns to a single Inboard/Outboard pattern.  This is used to accomplish bright, long-range warning, while eliminating the “strobe affect” which can be disorienting for first-responders and those around the vehicle on-scene.

In either mode, a dimming function can be activated if desired.*

The video displayed shows the above referenced patterns and rates.  Note: The video does not show the optional California-Steady wire activated.

Finally, all levels of TOMAR NFPA bars are standardized for installation and wiring, and meet minimum NFPA standards for upper Zone A warning in both the Calling and Blocking modes.

*Dimming of the light bar should still meet or exceed NFPA standards for safety.  Consult TOMAR’s NFPA 970 light-output guide here to determine if dimming is appropriate.

Dual-Color NFPA Series:

The Dual-Color NFPA Series brings all of the incredible performance from the NFPA Legendary Series, and adds the ability to override the front and side warning lamps to bright, steady-on white flood lamps.

• This option doubles the number of LEDs per applicable module from the NFPA Legendary Series
• Ability to control left side corners; right side corners; or front-facing warning modules’ ability to white override independently.
• Popular option for any wildland/brush trucks where white light is needed just as much, if not more so, than warning light.
• Available with or without a rear deck on 53” and 58” lengths.