The Special Fire Police Officer
A Pennsylvania Special Fire Police Officer
is a member of a volunteer fire company empowered by the municipality to
handle emergency situations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We
are trained to address those situations and difficulties the public faces in
We are the face of the volunteer fire
company. When a resident arrives on the scene in a panic as their home and
belongings are being destroyed by flames, we are the compassionate face that
directs them to the scene to learn the extent of their loss.
We are the face that makes a safe path for
apparatus arriving on a scene.
We are the face that welcomes the men and
women of the media as they attempt to do their jobs. We allow them to do so
in a limited area for their safety and the safety of the fire fighters on the
We are the face that welcomes the Red
Cross and provides a safe place for them to work.
We are the face that assists the utility
worker in making a scene safe for all those present.
We are the face that directs motorists
around the scene of an accident or explains to them the reason for the delay.
As best as we can, we provide information on alternate routes, recognizing
that many people do not respond well to a change in their plans.
We are the face that assists the Emergency
Medical Technicians in working without interference, and in departing the
scene to obtain necessary treatment for victims.
We are the face that provides safe
clearance around a helicopter landing zone so no one is injured by flying
debris or a possible landing accident.
We are the face that protects the public
from a police incident where there may be live fire.
We are the face that assists the public in
evacuation and clearance of a hazardous material incident.
We are the face that the friend or
relative of an accident victim sees as they approach with apprehension for
their loved ones. We calm them and provide a safe place to park. We walk
them to command to assist them in dealing with the tragedy.
We are the face that helps the police
officer move a wrecker into position, control a crime scene, and identify
possible arson suspects in a suspicious fire scene.
We are the face that observes an impaired
motorist and within our limited authority, detain that motorist until a police
officer is available to address any motor vehicle code infraction.
We are dedicated, trained and prepared to
solve any problem we face.
We are the public relations arm of the
fire company, dealing with the public, sharing what information we can,
assuring them that fire fighters know their job, and providing a safe
experience for the fire fighters, EMTs, Media, victims, and the public.
Jack Urling, Hampden Township Volunteer
Fire Co., July 15, 2007