|Branford Connecticut Fire Police - Squad 54|
Who We Are
The members of Branford Fire Police Squad 54 are volunteer members of the Branford Fire Department whose duty it is to provide town-wide safety, security and protection for emergency personnel and the public at fires, motor vehicle accidents and other scenes of emergency. Fire Police Officers are officially appointed by and work under the direction of the Fire Chief, but often work in conjunction with the Branford Police Department at scenes of emergency. All Fire Police Officers receive certified training from the Connecticut Fire Academy. In Connecticut, Fire Police are governed by Connecticut General Statutes, Sec. 7-313a.Scenes of emergencies present the potential for accidents and injuries resulting from vehicles and/or pedestrians entering into emergency work areas. Vehicles can collide with emergency apparatus and/or personnel, and pedestrians can unwittingly interfere with emergency operations.
What We Do
Fire Police responsibilities include:
Road Detours and ClosuresWhile Fire Police attempt to keep traffic flowing, safety might require them to detour or even halt traffic completely. Even if it appears that "there is room to get through," Fire Police might temporarily close a road if a condition exists that presents danger to the public; or that might interfere with emergency operations. There might be hazardous materials or live electrical wires on or near the roadway, or emergency personnel might need access to the roadway. Fire Police are made aware of dangers on the scene that you might not see, and if a road has been closed temporarily, it is closed and you may not proceed.
If a detour is necessary, Fire Police do their best to choose the most convenient route for all vehicles. However, depending upon particular circumstances, Fire Police might permit automobiles through but detour large trucks that would be unable to get through. At other times Fire Police might permit trucks through but detour automobiles because trucks would not be able to follow the detour. Ultimately, Fire Police detour and/or halt traffic in a manner that protects the safety of emergency personnel and the general public.
We're There to Help, not HinderPlease bear in mind that the Fire Police did not cause the accident or start the fire. They voluntarily respond to scenes of emergencies to provide safety, security and protection, and to attempt to provide the public with a means of continuing to their destination. They are there to keep emergency personnel and the general public from getting injured, and to ensure that emergency personnel can perform their duties.
Branford Fire Police Squad - P.O. Box 501 - Branford, CT 06405
Relevant State Statutes
CGS Sec. 14-223a. Striking an officer with a motor vehicle. Penalties. Any operator of a motor vehicle who strikes any officer, as defined in section 14-1, or any fire police officer, appointed in accordance with section 7-313a, with such motor vehicle while such officer or fire police officer is engaged in traffic control or regulation, provided such officer is in uniform or prominently displaying the badge of his office and such fire police officer is in compliance with the provisions of section 7-313a, (1) shall be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars or more than two hundred dollars, and (2) for a subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.