While in some areas, the PD is EMS trained, in most cases they are not and that’s not why they respond…..
It might be better to have PD “YIELD” to emergency fire and EMS units, and then get there to manage the traffic problem in coordination with the FD’s Incident Commander! NEVER pass fire/rescue vehicles unless there is a need for SCENE LAW ENFORCEMENT
(like someone with a gun etc)
On Tuesday April 25, 2006 at 0701 hrs. our Fire units were dispatched to injury accident with entrapment. Our typical response is two with the medic and two with the rescue/ engine. My shift had just ended. Another FF and myself were to respond with a second engine. This is typical for our department, usually for med-evac. landing zones. We marked responding and proceeded through town with emergency lights and sirens activated. We proceeded through three intersections in our small downtown. Traffic was fairly heavy, but typical for the time of call. After proceeding through the third light we were to make a right hand turn and head towards the railroad overpass. There was no oncoming traffic so I preceded slightly left of center to aide in turning. My speed was between 25 and 30 mph at this time. During the turn I looked into my right side mirror to make sure I was not going into or onto the curb. It was then that I saw the Ohio State Patrol cruiser on my right. When I seen her, the ensuing crash was unavoidable. I jerked the wheel left hoping to not hit or crush the cruiser. After coming to a complete stop the engine officer went to check the patrolwoman for injuries. No injuries occurred and after the scene was documented we proceeded to the incident. After arrival we were cleared and returned to the scene of our accident. State Patrol officials were on scene then and were very apologetic for the crash. The patrolwoman stated that she thought we had seen her and were pulling over to the left to let her pass us! She also stated that she pulled in behind at the third intersection. We did stop for the light, and we never seen her. There are conflicting reports of when she activated her lights and siren, if she did at all. Our City Police did the investigation and neither the patrolwoman nor myself were cited. The Patrol said they would be doing their own investigation also per their protocols. We are still waiting to hear anything from their report.