Last week, the Herald and Chronicle Newspapers did an article about the Fire Police of the Quarryville Fire Company.
“We’re not out there to make people mad. We’re not out there to just order people around. We’re not trying to disrupt people’s lives for no reason.”
This is how Fire Police officer Ron “Diz” Swayne describes his volunteer duties directing traffic around emergency scenes.
The QFD is fortunate to have a squad of 14 active Fire Police that protect and serve the community by providing scene safety and directing traffic. These fire police are normally the only volunteers you see on the road, because their job is to set up roadblocks and traffic diversions away from active emergency scenes. They get yelled at, cursed at, and, like one fire police officer last summer, hit by vehicles.
The QFD Fire Police respond with Squad 572, which has a cache of traffic control signs, barricades, flares, cones, radios, lights and safety gear. Each FP Officer also carries a radio, cones, lights, flares and safety gear in their own vehicle, this way they can respond directly to the scene and set up on arrival.
Our Fire Police respond to every fire and rescue call, plus handle an assortment of other emergency and non-emergency details.
Please give these volunteers a break when you come upon them on the roadway. They are out there keeping the firefighters, medics, police officers and the victims of the emergency safe, and if you just follow their detour, you will be able to navigate around the scene as quickly as possible. Please slow down around emergency scenes, and do not be distracted by your wireless device or trying to take pictures.
To see the article, go to http://www.heraldandchronicle.com/…/drivers-can-endanger-fi…