Hampton Fire Police
Fire Police are Volunteer Fire Department members who also have sworn special police powers. The Hampton Township Volunteer Fire Department #1, Fire Police Unit, currently consists of:
- Ten (10) Active Fire Police Officers whose primary duty is that of a Fire Police Officer
- Two (2) Active Fire Police member are nominated by the Fire Chief then elected by the Active Membership of the Department – One (1) as Fire Police Captain and one (1) as Fire Police Lieutenant
- In addition to Active Fire Police there are also up to ten (10) Reserve Fire Police Officers made up of active firefighters whose secondary job would be to assist the Fire Police if needed when available
Fire Police are sworn personnel who have been duly nominated by the Departments Fire Chief and also sworn in by a District Magistrate in accordance with Pennsylvania State Fire Police Laws. Duties vary based on the incident, but generally include the three primary duties of scene safety, traffic control, and crowd control.
Safety is the number one priority of the Fire Police. As such it is there job to ensure that all emergency responders are protected from vehicular and pedestrian traffic and that the water supply is not run over by vehicular traffic or otherwise damaged or interrupted. They also secure staging areas for the incoming emergency apparatus and personnel, as well as keeping the general public at a safe distance to prevent them from being injured from incoming apparatus, traffic, and other scene hazards (explosions, etc). In doing so, they often have to provide traffic control at and/or around an emergency incident, such as an accident scene, to safely guide motorists around the emergency scene as quickly and as safely as possible. The fire police also provide assistance to the Police Department for other incidents such as vehicle accidents, power outages, severe weather emergencies (i.e. flooding), parades, etc.
The Hampton VFD #1 department has one Fire Police vehicle (Utility 164) primarily used by the Fire Police as a command vehicle. Utility 164 is equipped with a large supply of traffic control devices, barricades and safety equipment.
To become a Fire Police Officer in the Hampton Township Volunteer Fire Department #1, an applicant:
- Must be over the age of eighteen (18) and must be able to pass a criminal background check
- Prior to becoming Active, they must attend and successfully pass a state approved Haz-Mat Class
- The PA State Fire Academy’s Basic Fire Police Officer Class, which details the scope of duties and responsibilities of a Fire Police Officer
- A First Aid/CPR/AED class
Only after successful completion of these requirements, can an individual be voted in as an Active Fire Police Officer. In addition, there is a variety of other classes available which go into much more detail as to the duties and responsibilities of a Fire Police Officer in a wide variety of situations and settings. These courses are all approved by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and taught by certified instructors.
They include: Advanced Fire Police Operations, Emergency Response for Fire Police, Non-Emergency Response for Fire Police, Communications, and Legal Concepts for Fire Police, Highway Incident Scene Safety & Traffic Control, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Class) and others.
If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about becoming a Fire Police Officer, please feel free to contact us or visit our Fire Department on any Wednesday evening at 7pm.