Has anyone ever heard this - firsthand, secondhand, on the radio, anything? This article really makes me wonder why the fire police in Kutztown are fire police - for the kicks, or for the community? Why do fire police need to run stop lights?
Pa. Fire Police Co. Quits Over Red Lights
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A volunteer fire squad that directs traffic in emergencies quit en masse when its chief was prohibited from using a red light and siren.
Kutztown Fire Police members said Fire Company Chief Robert Hauck's refusal to grant Lt. Gregory Heid authority to use the light and siren confirmed suspicions they weren't being taken seriously.
``There have been instances when people felt slighted, ridiculed,'' said Dick Diehm, fire police captain. ``I just got to the point where my head is softer than a brick wall.''
Fire police, widely used in rural areas, are volunteers who assist with traffic and crowd control at emergencies and special events. They respond to fires, accidents and other calls.
Heid was allowed to flash a blue light, but Fire Police members said that wasn't good enough because blue doesn't command the same respect as red or let Heid run red traffic lights.
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11-11-2002, 03:27 PM #1
Help!!! Save Us!!! Call The Fire Police, Quick!!!
11-11-2002, 03:36 PM #2
There's a thread going on this in the Off-Duty Discussion..."Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.Ē
--General James Mattis, USMC
11-11-2002, 03:47 PM #3
Sure, now you tell me ...
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