Shortly before 5pm today, Engine 62-1 was dispatched to a Vehicle Accident on Route 340 in the area of Airport Road. Units arrived to find a 4 vehicle pile-up crash with some injuries. Squad 62-1 also made the response and shut down the roadway at Route 340 at Mount Sidney Road, while Fire Police detoured east bound traffic to Route 30 via Witmer Road. Squad 41-2 and 41 Fire Police also assisted in detouring west bound 340 traffic to Route 30 via 896. Thanks to those who assisted.
While operating detours and traffic control, several Fire Police and Firefighters experienced dangerous traffic related conditions/incidents which could have proven fatal had they not been aware of their surroundings. Please remember several things around the scene’s of Emergency Scenes, Accidents, and Detours:
Fire Police are usually stationed at multiple locations and/or intersections during a detour other then the Emergency Scene or Crash Site. Always be on the lookout for Traffic Directors at nearby intersections, including those utilizing traffic lights. Do not always assume “Green means Go” at any intersection in the area of an accident.
While Fire Police try, it is not always easy or possible to accommodate a perfect Detour around an Emergency Scene that can positively answer or regard everyone’s final or preferred destination or route of travel. Please be patient and understand that a few inconvenient moments traveling a set-up detour quite possibly may have eliminated more time, or even more danger, for those detouring around a scene.
Please, above all, remember that a vehicle can be a dangerous machine if the driver’s full undivided attention is not given in it’s operation. Please refrain from phone calls, texting, and other distractions (Such as “Rubbernecking”) at ALL times while on the roadway, but ESPECIALLY while in the area of an Emergency Scene with Firefighters and Fire Police. Please Remember that all operators are someone’s Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather or Grandmother, and we ask that you please assist with ensuring their safety.
As always, please take note of the Speed Limits, HOWEVER, please also remember, just as “Green means Go” does not always apply in the area of an Emergency Scene, Posted Speed Limits can be a danger to those operating in the area. Please slow down considerably and drive with caution in the area of all Emergency Scene’s and Accident’s to ensure the safety of both You and Us!