Practicing Fire Truck Saftey

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

MCGAHEYSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- In the past few weeks, Virginia has seen two deadly accidents involving firefighters.

Just last week a pedestrian was hit by a fire truck responding to a fire in Stafford County.

Todd Breeden, the fire chief with the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company, said his staff follows all traffic laws, even in an emergency.

When a truck gets to a red light, it must come to a complete stop.

Breeden said that way he would be able to see someone crossing a crosswalk.

"The restrictions for a fire truck aren't anything in the front, it's in the back. You're supposed to stay 500 feet behind. Most of the fire trucks have a fairly long bumper on them because we keep hose and stuff in the front. The bumper sticks out a couple feet. Sitting up so high you can see out over it," said Breeden.

Breeden also said if you are listening to music waiting to cross a street, take out one ear-bud so you can hear any sirens. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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