Recently, Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) adopted a positon in support of AB 78, legislation that would expand the allowed use of a distinctive blue light on public safety vessels. Under AB 78, vessels owned by fire departments, or fire protection districts, may use the blue lights whenever the vessel may be engaged in law enforcement activities. SCYA agrees with RBOC and joins in on the support of this bill.

This measure would improve department vessels response time and fire department personnel safety when they are stationary and engaged in a variety of public safety activities. Existing law does not allow local or state fire agencies to equip their vessels with emergency blue lights; even though, fire departments are required to respond to emergencies such as search and rescue; public safety activities and medical emergency calls as first responders. AB 78 would remedy this situation.

RBOC is the nonprofit advocacy organization that works to protect and enhance the interests of the state’s recreational boaters before the legislative and executive branches of state and local government. RBOC has been promoting the enjoyment, protection, and responsible use of our waterways since 1968. Recreational boating is an $8.3 billion industry in California supporting 3,000 small businesses and 77,000 jobs. SCYA is an association of yacht clubs, boating clubs, marinas and harbor associations and serves the boating community through communication, coordination, celebration and education. SCYA is a non-profit service organization and takes an active role in the RBOC organization.

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New Bill AB 78 Supported By RBOC and SCYA