Firefighter handcuffed at San Diego-area crash scene for not moving fire truck

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A firefighter responding to a San Diego-area crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.

U-T San Diego reports crews were helping victims after a car overturned Tuesday night on Interstate 805. One person was taken to a hospital.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman says a fire engine was parked behind an ambulance for safety reasons when a California Highway Patrol officer demanded it be moved out of traffic lanes. The firefighter said he'd check with his captain but was told to move it immediately or face arrest.

Firefighter being handcuffed

KFMB-TV video showed the firefighter being handcuffed. He was briefly held in a patrol car but not arrested.

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CHP spokesman Jake Sanchez said he couldn't immediately comment.

"To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous, and it doesn't provide the good customer service, the good public service that both our agencies are there to do," Chula Vista Fire Department Chief Dave Hanneman said, KFMB reports.

CHP and fire officials met Wednesday to discuss the incident.

The CVFD chief released the following statement Wednesday:

"In an emergency, the Chula Vista Fire Department is responsible for the safety and care of the injured victims and for the safety of the crew. Our goal at an emergency is to secure the scene and begin emergency care and transport victims to the hospital as soon as possible. Last night, there were two injured passengers our crew needed to reach and treat in a rollover vehicle accident on Interstate 805. One of our firefighters on the scene was detained by the California Highway Patrol. I am very proud of how Engineer Jacob Gregoire and the other firefighters on the scene handled the situation. While we work very well together with the CHP 99% of the time, we need to find out what happened last night and how we can improve training and communication to prevent something like this from happening in the future."

With contributions by KPCC staff

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