“The highway is the most dangerous place that any responder operates. Fire, EMS, DOT, even tow truck drivers,” Kazmierzak said. “When only 85 firefighters die a year die, there were only 10 last year that died inside a burning building.”
Kazmierzak says most calls the Penn Township Fire Department responds to are on the roads.
“We’re up there for long periods of time on crashes, the weather conditions are poor, and visibility for drivers is poor. So the safety stand down and safety week is all about getting the word out for drivers to slow down when they see emergency vehicles on the highway,” said Kazmierzak.
He says the department may do 30 to 40 house fires a year, but they work on the bypass more than 150 times a year.