PA Special Fire Police consists of members of the Point Township Fire Company and Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company both located within and serving Point Township, Northumberland County, PA. The purpose of the Point Twp. Fire Police is to assist the Fire Dept. and Police Dept. in times of emergency and special events as directed by the Fire Chief and Police Chief. Point Twp. Special Fire Police Officers are nominated, confirmed, and sworn in by the Chairman of the Point Township Supervisors.
The mission of the PTFP is to protect persons, property, and provide scene security. Specific powers when confirmed and sworn and displaying a badge of authority, special fire police shall have full power to regulate traffic and keep crowds under control at or in the vicinity of any fire on which their companies are in attendance and to exercise other limited police powers necessary to facilitate and prevent interference with the work of firemen in extinguishing fires. They shall also have limited police powers necessary to perform their duties when functioning as special fire police at any function, event, or parade conducted by and under the auspices of a volunteer fire company, or another event, function or parade conducted by an organization other than a volunteer fire company, provided that the request to perform these duties is made by the governing body of the city, borough, town, township or home rule municipality in which the event will be conducted, or when accidents, floods or any other emergencies require performance of traffic-control and crowd-control duties. The duties may be performed without prior request from the governing body until the arrival of proper state, city, borough, town, township or home rule municipality police authority and thereafter subject to direction of the police authority until the emergency no longer exists. A person functioning as special fire police and performing a duty under any of the conditions in this subsection shall be deemed to be performing the duties of his appointment.
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