From: :Lack of Common Sense
This is so dumb, I still can't believe
it... I am going to send it out the way I got it...meaning that noting
has been changed...the story is from a firefighter in Montecito,
California...I guess they didn't issue this Chippie Motor any common
sense...he's probably written his own mother a citation
This is a true story, 15 February 2010
on Highway 101 in Montecito, California.
The Scene...T/C in the center divider,
2 vehicles, 6 patients, 1 known minor injury. I am driving the squad and
we follow the fire engine in. We pull past the fire engine then it
blocks the lane to provide a safe working area, (per SOP). This is where
it becomes interesting.
The CHP officer tells our BC
(Battalion Chief) that the engine can't block the lane because it will
cause too much traffic (congestion). Our BC tells him no, that we need
it there till we are done. 62 seconds from the time our BC goes on
scene, we hear our BC on the radio asking our dispatcher for a CHP
supervisor to be sent to the scene. Next thing I know and I look over
and the CHP officer is handcuffing/arresting our BC. Note that the fire
engine personnel haven't even made patient contact yet! This is where
the CHP officer goes to our Captain and tells him the same thing…..
“Move the engine or I am going to arrest you and the Engineer. Then he
called for a Heavy Tow truck to tow our fire engine off the freeway! The
Captain finally gave in as our dispatcher warned him that the Heavy had
After that the CHP officers supervisor
showed up and un-cuffed our BC. The original arresting officer then went
back over to our BC and gave him an "obstructing a police officer with
an investigation ticket." He must have felt strongly that he was right.
Turns out the CHP officer just transferred from Bakersfield to here less
than 2 weeks ago.
The picture is our BC sitting
handcuffed against the center guardrail. The cop actually asked him "Do
I need to chain you to my motorcycle to make sure you don't go
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's
Deputies stopped by tonight with 2 cakes. One had a file in it. The CHP
Night watch Sergeant came over too and couldn't apologize enough.
The ticket still stands and we haven't
heard what is up with the CHP officer, but he never backed down. It
seemed like he never felt like he did anything wrong.