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SEP 2017

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14 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2017 secures the scene, investigates the crash, and opens traffic back up as soon as pos- sible. You can see how the issue of when to open up traffic and who gets to decide can create a problem. If fire rescue needs to close a portion of roadway, they should coordinate with law enforcement officers at the scene whenev- er possible. By working together, they can was getting through. We need to park our vehicles strategically as well. On a side note, you should never park close to any fire rescue apparatus. It only takes one experience of being wedged in between two fire trucks and you will nev- er be careless with your parking again. Don't think your uniform gives spe- cial rights either. After getting a refusal to move, I went and climbed in the cab of a fire truck and tried moving it myself. It went over like a lead balloon. If you've ever wondered, I can assure you that bat- talion chiefs yell just as loudly as patrol captains when they are upset. WHAT TO DO ABOUT PARKING You need to learn that when fire rescue arrives, they are going to park in a way that helps them accomplish their mission. Basically that means they park wherever they want. In the beginning, you have to accept their judgment. When things start to wind down, or get to a point where you think it's time to make an adjustment, you can ask to have the vehicles repositioned. However, it's still going to be up to them unless you have a lawful or exigent reason that overrides theirs. If they refuse, try to speak directly to their incident com- mander. See if they will agree to any ad- justments. If not, get your supervisor in provide roadway safety and, more times than not, they can find a way to keep some type of traffic lane open. Parking goes both ways, however. Law enforcement can't park near a fire hydrant and block its use. ey also can't block fire rescue from coming in either. I have seen some crazy responses where there were so many patrol cars in the street that nothing How To You may have seemingly opposing objectives on a call, but you can accomplish them if you work together. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES freeinfo.policemag.com/773780

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