California Highway Patrol officer cuffs firefighter for refusing to move engine

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(CNN) — A Southern California firefighter ended up in handcuffs this week after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.

The California Highway Patrol detained engineer Jacob Gregoire of the Chula Vista Fire Department for about 30 minutes after he refused to move an engine partially blocking a lane, CNN affiliate KFMB reported.

It was there to help protect ambulance crews treating people injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 805.

The same officer also asked firefighters with two other engines at the accident to leave the scene. They complied with the request.

Fire Chief Dave Hanneman stood by the crew that remained.

“We don’t know what was going through the officer’s mind,” Hanneman told CNN affiliate KSWB. “From our perspective, our engineer was out there doing what they’re trained to do and doing everything right to take care of patient care and protect that scene.”

The incident prompted a meeting between CHP and Chula Vista officials Wednesday.

In a joint statement released after the session, they called the officer’s detention an “unfortunate incident,” labeling it “an isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal.”

The statement promised the incident will be a topic of future joint training sessions between the two agencies.

By Ed Payne, CNN

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  • firefighter1

    This is just absolutely absurd!!!! Why would an officer do this? Probably the same reason the Missouri State Patrolman did it quite a few years ago here in Missouri.
    I understand the need for traffic to move, but when you have the lives of First Responders being hindered by traffic and the so called ” oooo aah” sqaud as we like to call it, dodging vehicles and putting your own life in danger while trying to put a patient in an ambulance.
    This is called a safe zone, many accidents every year are on the books that could have injured a crew from a truck, or an ambulance without the proper safe zone.
    We can’t help the injured if the helper needs to be helped. I stand with the driver of the apparatus!!

  • Bob

    The officer better hope his house doesn’t catch fire, because the fire fighters are good to take their time putting it out.

  • Ken Fischer

    Hose envy.

    ….and @Bill Smith; With the average response time of most police departments, there is little point in calling anyway.

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