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Officials from both the California Highway Patrol and Chula Vista Fire Department Wednesday responded to an incident that left a firefighter in handcuffs at an accident site in the South Bay.
A CHP officer's move to detain a Chula Vista firefighter responding to a crash scene has some asking about the chain of command during emergency situations.
CBS News 8 cameras were rolling around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday when the two got into a dispute over where the fire engine should park while firefighters were responding to the crash that happened north on I-805 between Telegraph Canyon Road and East Orange Avenue. According to officials, the officer told the firefighter to move his truck from the center divide, but the firefighter refused that request and continued giving aid to the crash victims.
CBS News 8 video shows the CHP officer cuffing the firefighter, identified as Jacob Gregoire, 36, at the scene of the accident. In the background, other fire crews and officers can be seen tending to the victims of the rollover accident. The firefighter, who's been with the fire department for 12 1/2 years, was detained in the back of a CHP vehicle for about half an hour before being released
In a traffic accident with victims the most important thing is a police officers pride.
Notice what happens when unarmed "policy and procedure" meets armed "policy and procedure."
This is very important to our understanding of government and bureaucracy.
Responsibilities of Command The Incident Commander is responsible for the completion of the tactical priorities. The tactical priorities are:
Remove endangered occupants and treat the injured.
Stabilize the incident and provide for life safety.
Provide for the safety, accountability, and welfare of personnel. This priority is ongoing throughout the incident.