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Pa. firefighters now able to issue parking tickets

The firefighters now have the power to issue citations for six different violations

By FireRescue1 Staff

CARBONDALE, Pa. — Ever wish you could do something (legally) about that car parked in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire zone? Some Pa. firefighters can as they are now allowed to issue parking tickets.

The seven full-time Carbondale city firefighters now have the duty of writing parking tickets for six violations as authorized by Mayor Justin Taylor on Monday.

"As people probably don't know, in Pennsylvania you don't need to be a police officer to write a parking ticket," Taylor explained to the Times-Tribune.

Firefighters will not be writing tickets for meter violations, but can write for:

  • Parking within 15 feet of fire hydrants
  • Parking in a fire zone/lane
  • Parking in a handicapped space without a placard
  • Parking facing the wrong direction on the street
  • Parking while obstructing traffic.

"A violation of the law is a violation of the law," Taylor said. "It doesn't matter who sees it."

Firefighters say they will not be patrolling or actively pursuing violations, rather, they now have the power to issue citations and fix issues they see while working.

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Duff Patrick Duff Patrick Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:05:27 PM bring it to jersey I would love to do it.
David M. Cudlic David M. Cudlic Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:13:19 PM I disagree with allowing them to write tickets for parking in a handicapped space without a placard, parking facing the wrong direction on the street, and parking while obstructing traffic. None of these has to do with interfering the fire department's duties. I can see permitting them for writing tickets for parking in a fire zone, parking in front of a hydrant, or any other parking violation that affects the fire department.
Steven Gergely Steven Gergely Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:28:04 PM GOOD, Parking in a handicapped space forces people that are disable to walk further. With bad weather in the air higher risk of injuries to the elderly. Parking while obstructing traffic happens some much that it obstructs traffic making it very hard for ladder trucks and class A pumpers to get through. Parking within 15 feet of hydrants and fire zones just shows how lazy a person is. I do believe in the old saying feed a hose through a window or push the car out of the way with front bumper but liability takes a role then and not ethical. Cars parking the wrong way especially at night time in a rain storm with their lights on is a very high risk. Blinding snow storms or heavy rain at night time could pose a threat to drive to second guess if he/she is still on the road. Glad to see the Fire Departments are moving up to take all safety into effect not only for their crew but for the community itself. As always Please be safe and God Bless the men and women who put their lives on the line for others.
Stacey Figas Stacey Figas Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:40:25 PM Well I guess we wont need to put the houses thru the windows anymore. Altho its still
Stacey Figas Stacey Figas Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:40:59 PM *hoses....stupid phone
Brian Kelly Brian Kelly Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:43:30 PM go for it I wish we could do the same in Missouri because you see people all the time in front of walmart parked there.
Matt Bob Matt Bob Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:14:40 PM Good!
Matt Markarian Matt Markarian Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:30:27 PM What's the sixth violation for which they can write a ticket?
Dylan Haynes Dylan Haynes Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:56:57 PM great idea
Dale E. Parichuk Dale E. Parichuk Friday, February 15, 2013 8:31:16 AM The potential risk of a beating resulting in serious injuries is overwhelming. Let the professional police do their jobs.
Regg JusBlaze Regg JusBlaze Friday, February 15, 2013 2:21:04 PM Forget parking tickets, I like the old going through someones window with a haligen..
Dustin Wood Dustin Wood Friday, February 15, 2013 2:21:24 PM Yes, but when an accident happens after the car (facing the wrong direction) crashes, it quickly becomes their dutie. Or the Elderly that couldnt make to the door from the back of the parking lot has now fallen, whose dutie is it now? I think it is a great prevention idea. Im sure they would much rather write a ticket that see mangled vehicles and wounded victims.
Ron Kunschaft Ron Kunschaft Friday, February 15, 2013 4:44:00 PM One step closer to a police state! Can't wait to see my local FD and PD "Goose-stepping" down Main street! BIG SMILE! BIG SMILE!
Warren Searfoss Warren Searfoss Friday, February 15, 2013 4:53:34 PM if you read the article it says first off parking in front of the hydrant. then farther down it lists the other five
Matt Markarian Matt Markarian Friday, February 15, 2013 6:01:44 PM No it doesn't. It says a "car parked in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire zone" and then repeats both of these as the first two listed.
Regg JusBlaze Regg JusBlaze Friday, February 15, 2013 6:27:34 PM If the car is in front of the hydrant, still gotta smash the windows and get to that plug.. Double Whammy 1.Smashed Out Window & 2.Parking Ticket..
Steve Hanneken Steve Hanneken Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:37:11 AM How long before a citation gets written on a police car, thus beginning the War Between the Services?
Justin Jewell Justin Jewell Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:50:03 AM What about the Police who think they are firemen? Let Firemen to their jobs too! We don't need a downed police officer inside of a structure to complicate things..
Dale E. Parichuk Dale E. Parichuk Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:37:58 AM Most of the time the police arrive first and a few minutes waiting for the FD could result in a death, especially when most of the firefighters are out of town working and cannot respond. When someone is at a scene, it is difficult to restrain yourself when you believe you can save another person's life. If you do nothing, you have to live with it. If a person evaluates the situation (without passion), and does not put himseld in danger, then it shouldn't be a problem entering the structure. I remember when Bill Brewster could not save Ed Nasser's life at a truck wreck, by Washington Auto Parts, and Bill stood there while Nasser burned to death. Bill couldn't do anything to help Ed, but I'm sure Bill still thinks about it many times decades after. Bill would have saved Ed's life if he could have. Sometimes cop experience some ugly things minutes before the responders arrive. Do you remember when the Boro firefighter who worked another job as a code enforcement officer? He got a real whooping. Whoever thought that would happen?
Sabrina Nickole Wisniewski-Capozzi Sabrina Nickole Wisniewski-Capozzi Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:37:14 AM I would like to know if they can do something about these people on S Church Street blocking the side walks with their cars?

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