ABOUT BROOKHAVEN TOWN FIRE POLICE
Fire Police are volunteer fire squads/company members who based upon their jurisdictional authority, receive sworn police powers, special training, and support firefighting efforts at emergency incidents. In addition to securing firefighting equipment, incident and fire scenes, and the station itself, fire police perform traffic and crowd control. In some jurisdictions, fire police are exterior firefighters and may be called upon at fire scenes to perform any of the duties of an interior firefighter except those that require a self-contained breathing apparatus. On occasion, fire police also assist regular police: they perform road closures, traffic control, crowd control at public events, missing persons searches, parade details, salvage, security, and other miscellaneous tasks as requested.
THE BROOKHAVEN TOWN FIRE POLICE ASSOCIATION IS A MEMBER ORGANIZATION CONSISTING OF 35 VOLUNTEER FIRE POLICE SQUADS THROUGHOUT
SUFFOLK COUNTY NEW YORK.
WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEER FIRE POLICE ASSOCIATION AND ARE CERTIFIED THROUGH THE AUSPICES OF THE SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF DR. ERROL TOULON Jr.
Traffic Control at Emergency Scenes
Traffic control consists of managing the flow of vehicles around or through the immediate vicinity of an emergency. This may entail road closures, diversions, full 'points' control at intersections, or '1-way-shunts', in which the road is reduced to one lane and its direction is alternated in a controlled fashion.
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Fire police may be asked to provide a scene guard in order to prevent looting or theft and monitor unattended fire brigade equipment.
Fire police assist in ensuring that the scene of an incident remains safe for firefighters, emergency service workers, and members of the public working in its vicinity.
Fire police may provide a logistics resource - vehicle movements, communications or similar. This would particularly be the case at a scene controlled by the fire brigade but they may be called upon by other services.
Crowd Control and Liaison
Residents, owners, occupants, relatives, transients, spectators, and the media are among those who may approach the scene of an incident, and fire police prevent them from being harmed or hampering the work of emergency services personnel working at the scene. Since fire police are often the public's first point of contact with the fire department, they must be skilled in public relations.
Fire police are often called upon by police and other law enforcement agencies to provide additional manpower. Many of the tasks listed above also fall within the area of responsibility of the police, but fire police when on the scene may allow the police to concentrate on other more specific areas of expertise.