1941, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed an act
allowing the creation of Special Fire Police to provide
assistance to local and municipal police forces during
times of emergencies.
past and current members of the Horsham Fire Company
#1 Special Fire Police have done, and continue to do,
Special Fire Police officers at emergency scenes wear
either a white helmet or a hat with a blue visor. They
can be attired in uniform, reflective vest or coveralls.
They can wear gold or silver police-style badges.
members of the Horsham Special Fire Police are volunteers,
as are most of the fire and Emergency Medical Services
come from all walks of life and have a variety of backgrounds.
They are your neighbors, your friends, or your co-workers.
They are people who enjoy living in this community and
are willing to give some of their spare time to support
the emergency services of the community. Some may have
experience in other areas of emergency services. However,
they all share one thing....
desire to serve their community.
members of the Horsham Special Fire Police are tasked
with three main objectives during an emergency...
are there to allow the Horsham Police to return to their
normal patrols in the community.
an emergency, a Horsham Special Fire Police officer
has the police authority necessary to carry out their
duties. A Horsham Special Fire Police officer's traffic
signals supersede any stop signs, traffic lights or
other traffic control devices. They may prosecute Violations
of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, and fines can
be levied and points may be awarded.
Horsham Special Fire Police are sometimes utilized by
the Horsham Police Department during non-emergency times
to augment their forces to perform traffic and crowd
control duties. Local organizations can also use the
Special Fire Police to provide traffic & crowd control,
as well as security, during special events.
'What can I do?' you ask...
following Dos and Don'ts are offered as to how to assist
the Horsham Special Fire Police, as well as other Horsham
emergency services personnel, in their duties.
DO yield the right-of way to oncoming and overtaking
Emergency Vehicles by pulling as far to the right of
the highway as possible and coming to a complete stop.
This includes any 'blue lights' on personal cars. Although
these lights are labeled as 'courtesy" lights,
they are permitted by Pennsylvania State Law and you
are asked to give the people using them the 'courtesy'
of allowing them to pass.
DO follow the traffic direction signals of the Horsham
Special Fire Police at an intersection, emergency scene,
or other special event.
DO keep back 500 feet from all Emergency Vehicles
when they are responding to an alarm or an emergency.
When approaching a hose on the highway, DO NOT drive
up to or over any fire hose except at the direction
of an officer...fines can reach $100.00 for an offense
and could result in the hose bursting preventing the
suppression of the fire or worse, causing loss of life.
DO NOT stop to ask for information about the incident
while driving by. If directions are needed, find a safe
place off the road to park and then approach an officer.
DO consider volunteering some of your time to support
your community as part of the Horsham Fire Company #1
in the Special Fire Police, Fire Company, Ambulance
Corps, or Auxiliary units.
more information call: (215) 675-9859.