Saturday February 16th around 0930hrs, Rescue 2 was responding to Rts. 22/322 in the area of the Rutters for a reported auto accident with rollover and entrapment. Rescue 2 left the Borough Station and traveled the normal response route to Rts. 22/322. While enroute, Rescue 2 was involved in a seperate vehicle accident involving entrapment at the intersection of N. Market St and Clark St in the borough. As Rescue 2 approached the intersection with its emergency lights and siren activated, a vehicle traveling the same direction as Rescue 2 (North on Market St) was also approached. Rescue 2 proceeded to pass this vehicle as it appeared the vehicle was yielding the right-of-way, when the vehicle made an immediate left turn on to Clark St in the path of Rescue 2. Following the collision, the crew of Rescue 2, while dazed, immediately began extrication of the single occupant of the vehicle, with Engine and Utility 2 arrving shortly after providing assistance. Newport State Police were on scene and the investigative agency.
The 2012 KME Rescue Pumper is currently in the stages of being sent for repairs, more information will follow when available.
With this incident occuring, the countless close calls/disregard to laws pertaining to emergency vehicles on responses for our agency and numerous surrounding agencies, as well as the negative, unaccurate social media post from persons about this incident and laws in relation to emergency vehicle response, such as vehicles do not need to yield to fire apparatus, we have included excerpts from the PA Motor Vehicle Code to clarify a few things on Emergency Vehicle Response.
Title 75 Section 3325- Duty of Vehicle Operators on approach of an Emergency Vehicle:
“Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle making use of an audible signal and visual signals, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed”
Title 75 Section 3105- Drivers of Emergency Vehicles:
“The driver of an emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call, may; 1) Proceed past a red signal indication or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation 2) Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as the driver does not endanger life or property, except as provided in a subsection 3) May disregard regulations governing direction of movement, overtaking vehicles or turning in specified directions.”
ALL DFC drivers participate in an Emergency Vehicle Operations class/course, as well as re-certify every year within the department as a driver of apparatus.
Questions, Comments or Concerns can be directed to the Fire Chief by calling the firehouse and leaving a message.
PA MVC Title 75. Chapter 33, Subchapter B covers all right of way laws. AS STATED IN THIS POST, excerpts from the code where commented.