A police officer placed a fire fighter in handcuffs at the scene of a car crash after he refused to move a fire engine.
A police officer arrested a fire fighter at the scene of a car crash because the fireman refused to move a fire engine as he attended to the crash victims. A police officer handcuffed Chula Vista fire fighter Jacob Gregoire and placed him in the back of a police vehicle for around 30 minutes. Video of the incident can be seen below.
Audio recordings of the radio exchanges between emergency services reveal just how frustrated the fire fighters had become at the arrest. One fire fighter said over the airwaves: “I did not move our engine so it’s still in the initial spot, and we’re just continuing with patient care.”
He added: “This is ridiculous. We’re in the middle of patient care with patients on the [freeway] and we’re trying to protect our scene… and they’re putting him in handcuffs at this time and walking him away.”
California Highway Patrol Chief issued a statement which read: “Both the CHP and the Chula Vista Fire Department share a common goal of protecting the public and providing the highest level of safety to responding emergency personnel, involved parties and other drivers at collision scenes.”
The statement also read that both agencies “have the utmost respect for each other” and that representatives from both of the agencies have met to “improve communication and ensure the highest level of service is provided to the public.”
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