Explanation of Fire Engine Parking on Roadways - In Response to Firefighter Arrest at Vehicle Accident

Standard practice for fire departments while approaching a roadway incident or vehicle accident is to "protect" the scene with the large fire apparatus. This is to ensure the safety of not only the patients in a vehicle, but also the firefighters, police officers, tow truck drivers, and any other agencies that are working at the scene of the incident. Drivers are sometimes distracted by the emergency lights, cellphones, or interest in the accident scene and may accidentally drive into the fire apparatus. The fire apparatus are replaceable, not the first responders!

In December 2012, three firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District were seriously injured while working at a vehicle accident scene in Orinda on Highway 24 during a winter storm. A vehicle lost control in the rain, struck the side of the fire engine, and rolled into the three firefighters.

You will notice that often fire apparatus are parked at a slight angle in front of roadway incidents in an effort to "protect" everyone at the scene in case an accident occurs.

Please remember to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles on the side of the road or on the freeway!