The Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company has its own group of fire police. The Fire Police are members of the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company who receive sworn police powers, special training, and support firefighting efforts. In addition to securing firefighting equipment, incident and fire scenes, and the station itself, Fire police perform traffic and crowd control. On occasion, Fire Police also assist the Bethel Park Police: they perform road closures, traffic control, crowd control at public events, and other miscellaneous tasks as requested.
Pennsylvania Fire Police have limited police powers, and although they have no authority to make arrests, they do have the right to detain someone within reason. Fire Police may control the flow of traffic to ensure emergency vehicles have a quick, safe entrance and egress to an incident. They may halt traffic or detour traffic because of the situation and the dangers involved. They take orders from the police officer in charge or fire incident commander.
All Fire Police Officers are sworn officers of the law and when on duty, display a badge of authority and are subject to control of the chief of police, or a member of the Pennsylvania State Police. Disobeying a Fire Police Officer is the same as disobeying a Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, State Constable or State Trooper and assaulting one is a felony.
For more information on the law regarding Fire Police, please check out the PA Consolidated Statutes: Title 35, Subchapter D. (Click here to view.)