Firefighter’s Letter Regarding His Concern for Police
Officer Safety Published
David Clark a career firefighter and a volunteer on his off
duty hours recently wrote a letter to the editor of his hometown newspaper the
Cecil Whig in northeastern Maryland. Clark wrote the letter knowing full well
of the sensitivity of the issue of some police officers and traffic vests.
ResponderSafety.com offers a Tip of the Helmet to Clark for writing about what
many firefighters feel when they see brothers and sisters in blue in unsafe situations
on the roadway.
To: The Editor
First let me start by
saying that I am a member of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firefighters
Assoc. (www.cvvfa.org). One of the major committees of the association is the
Emergency Responder Safety Institute (www.respondersafety.com). The Institute
serves as an informal advisory panel of public safety leaders committed to
reducing deaths and injuries to America's Emergency Responders. More and more
First Responders are being struck by vehicles while working along the roadways.
While I was out and about on Wednesday March 9 I approached the intersection of
Rt. 40 & Rt. 213. All of the traffic signals were out and it became clear
that the SHA was working at the intersection. The SHA trucks had all of its
warning lights activated and all the workers were wearing there ANSI (ansi.org)
approved reflective clothing. What concerned me however, was the fact that 2 of
Maryland's Finest (MSP) were helping with traffic control and direction and
neither one was wearing there issued reflective vests while directly standing
in the roadway. I'm not writing to place blame nor trying to get the Troopers
in trouble but to enforce the reality that first responders are being hit by
vehicles every day! Let’s not give the motorists an easy target, please wear
your vests. As a 35 year first responder I'm including all of us, Firefighters,
EMS workers, Law Enforcement and tow truck operators when I say” let’s be
careful out there”!