Recent Calls
Sat. May 30th 2020
The fire police response team assisted directing traffic in the Town of Dunkirk at 10789 Roberts road for a structure fire. Callout time 11:13am.
Sun. May 10th 2020
The fire police response team assisted directing traffic in the Town of Stockton,Fredonia Stockton road and Bachellor Hill roads due to a car crashing into power line pole. Callout time: 03:20 am.
Tue. Apr 21st 2020
The fire police response team assisted directing traffic at a two car motor vehicle accident on Barnes road intersection of Burdick road in the Town of Chautauqua. Callout time: 15:19pm.
Thu. Apr 16th 2020
The fire police response team assisted Sinclairville Fire Dept. with traffic control a 6819 Route 60 when a tractor-trailer had to be removed from the road. Callout time: 11:55am.
Thu. Feb 27th 2020
The fire police response team assisted directing traffic at a truck-automobile accident on Interstate 86 near exit 11 in the town of Ellery. Callout time 14;29pm.
News Headlines
Wed. Feb 14th 2018
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John Griffith is now the Director of Emergency Services for Chautauqua County. Congratulations to John on your promotion.
Wed. Feb 14th 2018
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Scott Cummings, Battalion Coordinator is now in charge of the Fire Police Response Team. Welcome Scott to the team.
Tue. Jan 30th 2018
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Once a firefighter, always a firefighter! Retired City of Olean Firefighter Al LaFredo was recognized at the Ashville Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Dinner for his 50 years of service as a f...
Thu. Jul 14th 2016
The fire police response team has changed the requirements to join the team and make it easier for new fire police to belong. (Requirements for participants: After completion of the N.Y.State Fire ...
NY Vehicle Blue Light Law

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New York State VTL  Blue Light Law Changes:


"Effective Jan. 1, 2012, Vehicle and Traffic Law 1144-a, New York’s “move over” law — which already governs police cars and ambulances — will require motorists to move over (or at the very least slow down) when approaching tow trucks, snow plows and other vehicles performing road maintenance, construction or repair. Specifically, the law will require motorists to move over whenever approaching a vehicle on the shoulder or in a lane of travel that is displaying red, white, blue and/or amber lights. Under the old law, a “move over” was required only for vehicles displaying red and/or white lights (i.e., police cars and ambulances).
In 2011, state troopers issued roughly 16,000 citations for the NY Move Over Law in its current form. With its expansion, we can expect the issuance of even more “move over” law tickets.

The New York State DOT has 100 work zones set up across the state each day. Last year, there were 100 accidents or intrusions involving drivers in those work zones. We expect that these areas will become “move over” enforcement zones (i.e., that police officers will be patrolling work zones looking for motorists who fail to move over). Keep in mind that speeding in a work zone already is more serious than regularly speeding with doubled fines, a suspension for two convictions to speeding in a work zone and courts less lenient in plea bargaining these types of speeds.

Five DOT workers lost their lives in highway accidents through the years and, last November, a tow truck operator was struck and killed near Syracuse while tending to a disabled vehicle on the New York State Thruway. The expanded move over law is aimed to reduce these types of accidents.

The $275 fine and 3 points under the expanded “move over” law statute remains the same."
Source: https://nytrafficticket.com/new-york-move-over-law-amended/

Additional Information Regarding Blue Light Laws:


"VTL 1104 (41). Colored and flashing lights. The provisions of this subdivision shall govern the affixing and display of lights on vehicles, other than those lights required by law. 1. No light, other than a white light, and no revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving white light shall be affixed to, or displayed on any vehicle except as prescribed herein."

2. Red lights and certain white lights.

"One or more red or combination red and white lights, or one white light which must be a revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving light, may be affixed to an authorized emergency vehicle, and such lights may be displayed on an authorized emergency vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in an emergency operation, and upon a fire vehicle while returning from an alarm of fire or other emergency."

3. Amber lights.

"a. One or more amber lights may be affixed to a hazard vehicle, and such a light or lights which display an amber light visible to all approaching traffic under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet from such vehicle shall be displayed on a hazard vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in a hazardous operation. Such light or lights shall not be required to be displayed during daylight hours provided at least two red flags visible from a distance of five hundred feet are placed both in or on the front of, and to or on the rear of the vehicle and two such flags are placed to each side of the vehicle open to traffic. Such lights or flags need not be displayed on the vehicle when the vehicle is operating, or parked, within a barricaded work area and said lights or flags are displayed on the barricade. The provisions of this subdivision shall not prohibit the temporary affixing and display of an amber light to be used as a warning on a disabled motor vehicle or on a motor vehicle while it is stopped on a highway while engaged in an operation which would restrict, impede or interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
b. In any city in this state having a population of one million or more, one amber light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned or operated by a volunteer member of a civilian or crime patrol provided such volunteer civilian or crime patrol member has been authorized in writing to so affix an amber light by the police commissioner of the municipality in which he patrols, which authorization shall be subject to revocation at any time by the police commissioner who issued the same or his successor in office. Such amber light may be operated by such volunteer civilian or crime patrol member in such a vehicle only when engaged in a patrol operation as defined and authorized by rules and regulations promulgated by the police commissioner and only in such a manner and at such times as may be authorized by the police commissioner pursuant to said rules and regulations."

4. Blue light.

"a. One blue light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned by a volunteer member of a fire department or on a motor vehicle owned by a member of such person's family residing in the same household or by a business enterprise in which such person has a proprietary interest or by which he or she is employed, provided such volunteer firefighter has been authorized in writing to so affix a blue light by the chief of the fire department or company of which he or she is a member, which authorization shall be subject to revocation at any time by the chief who issued the same or his or her successor in office. Such blue light may be displayed exclusively by such volunteer firefighter on such a vehicle only when engaged in an emergency operation. The use of blue lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a volunteer firefighter except as otherwise provided for in subparagraph b of this paragraph.
b. In addition to the red and white lights authorized to be displayed pursuant to paragraph two of this subdivision, one or more blue lights or combination blue and red lights or combination blue, red and white lights may be affixed to a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle provided that such blue light or lights shall be displayed on a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle for rear projection only. In the event that the trunk or rear gate of a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle obstructs or diminishes the visibility of other emergency lighting on such vehicles, a blue light may be affixed to and displayed from the trunk, rear gate or interior of such vehicles. Such lights may be displayed on a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle when such vehicles are engaged in an emergency operation. Nothing contained in this subparagraph shall be deemed to authorize the use of blue lights on police vehicles, fire vehicles, ambulances, emergency ambulance service vehicles, and county emergency medical services vehicles unless such vehicles also display one or more red or combination red and white lights as otherwise authorized in this subdivision.
c. The commissioner is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations relating to the use, placement, power and display of blue lights on a police vehicle and fire vehicle."

5. Green light.

"One green light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned by a member of a volunteer ambulance service, or on a motor vehicle owned by a member of such person's family, or by a business enterprise in which such person has a proprietary interest or by which he is employed, provided such member has been authorized in writing to so affix a green light by the chief officer of such service as designated by the members thereof. Such green light may be displayed exclusively by such member of a volunteer ambulance service only when engaged in an emergency operation. The use of green lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a member of a volunteer ambulance service as provided for in this paragraph.
As used in this paragraph volunteer ambulance service means: a. a non-profit membership corporation (other than a fire corporation) incorporated under or subject to the provisions of the membership corporations law, or any other law, operating its ambulance or ambulances on a non-profit basis for the convenience of the members thereof and their families or of the community or under a contract with a county, city, town or village pursuant to section one hundred twenty-two-b of the general municipal law ; or b. an unincorporated association of persons operating its ambulance or ambulances on a non-profit basis for the convenience of the members and their families or of the community.
6. The commissioner is authorized to promulgate regulations with respect to the affixing and display of colored lights and to promulgate specifications with respect to such lights."  Source: New York State 
VTL 1104 (41).

Driver Displaying a Blue Light May Not:
>pass a steady red signal or flashing light or stop sign.
>exceed any minimum speed limits
>disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning
>display white or red lights nor use any type of siren on a vehicle
>cannot drive on any sidewalk

***Drivers MUST drive with due regard for safety of all persons and cannot have reckless regard for the safety of others.

 


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