Q. On August 20, 2013, Baker firemen were directing traffic on an accident north of Baker.
Posted August 30, 2013
Q. On August 20, 2013, Baker firemen were directing traffic on an accident north of Baker. Why did the volunteer firemen direct traffic rather than the paid law enforcement?
A. As stated by local dispatch, per protocol request, the Baker Rural Fire Department is paged out for all non-injury and injury accidents as a standard operating procedure. The Baker Rural Fire Department is on scene as first responders to provide assistance and equipment. Fire Chief Randy Hoenke reported the department was asked to assist in directing traffic around the accident as there was not a need for vehicle extrication.
Fallon County Sheriff’s Department stated that due to scheduling and other circumstances, there was only one deputy on shift for the Fallon County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the crash. Deputy Wells was on scene for three hours.