Vehicle Code 75
Traffic,Emergency Lights, & Duty of driver in emergency response
The Pennsylvania Code
101 - Directing Traffic
173 - Emergency Lights
113 (Vehicle Code 75) (see
and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act (Amended)
Police Code of Ethics:
As a fire police officer my fundamental duty
is to serve mankind as I protect my brother firefighters in
their efforts to save life and property. To this end:
will be alert and constant in my duties at all times.
will be constantly mindful of the welfare and rights of
will be impartial in my treatment of all persons coming
under my jurisdiction.
will be firm, but also courteous and helpful to all and
my feelings shall not influence my decisions.
will never be vulgar or profane in my speech or actions
when on duty.
will cooperate fully with my superiors, fellow officers,
and all law enforcement agencies to provide greater protection
to the public and the fire department I serve.
will strive to become more proficient in my duties as a
fire police officer by diligent study and training at every
will regard my badge of a fire police officer as a symbol
of trust from my state, community and my fire department
and act accordingly.
will constantly strive to obtain these objectives as I serve
as a fire police officer.
of Fire Police:
traffic at fires.
shall include traffic at the scene of any emergency
to which your department has been called, until discharged
by your chief, or the local police agency.
firefighters while fighting fires.
the general public at the scene of a fire.
main objective is to provide the adequate protection for
the firefighters so that they may do their job without
interference of others.
fire areas clear for fire fighting.
owners, occupants, relatives, transients, spectators,
and even the news media tend to hamper the operations.
Tact and courtesy must be employed to keep them safe
and away from harm or obstructing fire operations.
the equipment of a fire company.
emergency vehicles, service vehicles, and firefighters'
personal vehicles all need room to park, operate within,
turn around, run tanker operations and lay hose lines
for fire fighting operations. Always keep this space
available and clear.
the laws of the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania relating to
fire department activities, fire fighting techniques and
emergency vehicle driving.
all non-firefighters away from, and especially off of,
department vehicles, and away from equipment. Don't
allow anyone to damage any equipment. Prevent looting.
with all regular police agencies.
reckless disregard for safe driving within an emergency
area, driving over fire hoses, spectators disrespect
for fire lines and non-emergency vehicle intrusions
are only some of the laws we must be firm in enforcing
at the scene.
the property at the scene of a fire until the Chief releases
him from duty and turns the responsibility over to other
police agencies or to the owner.
are all there for the same purpose and reasons - to
provide protection, safety, and to prevent a situation
from getting out of hand. Therefore we must cooperate
with each other by working together effectively and
the Chief at all fires and emergencies.
no one to enter within the scene without proper identification
or credentials. Be alert. We may see or hear something
from a person that may have a direct bearing upon the
situation. Protect the scene's evidence, and report
unusual events or happenings.
fire chief is in charge of the fire department when
called to duty. The fire police take direction from
the fire chief when on the scene of most fires and other
emergencies. The local police will usually dictate the
duties of the fire police when control of traffic or
a crime scene is required. (In Pennsylvania the Chief
of Police of the local municipality has full authority
of the Fire Police when at a scene without the fire
Fire Police Prayer:
God our savior, whenever I am dispatched to serve my fellow
man in times of need, I ask you,
To give me the strength and guidance to be ever alert and
to be consistent within the discharge of my duties,
To be ever mindful of the welfare and safety of all I have
been sworn to protect and serve,
To be fair and impartial in the treatment of all persons
with whom I come in contact,
To be courteous and never be profane in words or deeds while
To strive to always be proficient with the talents which
you have given me, and to always have the willingness to
And, if during my service to others in times of need, it
is your will that I lay down my life, bless always, with
your love and guidance, my family and those I leave behind.