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Fire Police DO NOT EXIST IN EVERY STATE of the the United States but do exist in the below States including but not limited to:

Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

They must take an oath of office and be sworn in by a municipal clerk or official, mayor, magistrate, judge, sheriff or justice of the peace - depending upon jurisdiction and local authorizing laws. At fire service incidents, fire police assume either the full or necessary powers of a police constable.

Some texts list Burlington County, New Jersey as forming one of the first fire police units. Laws in New Jersey State code as early as the 1850s supported fire police in their duties.

Fire Police are volunteer fire company members who based upon their  jurisdictional authority, receive sworn police powers, special training, and support firefighting efforts at emergency incidents. In addition to securing firefighting equipment, incident and fire scenes, and the station itself, fire police perform traffic and crowd control. In some jurisdictions, fire police are exterior firefighters and may be called upon at fire scenes to perform any of the duties of an interior firefighter except those that require a self-contained breathing apparatus. On occasion, fire police also assist regular police: they perform road closures, traffic control, crowd control at public events, missing persons searches, parade details, salvage, security, and other miscellaneous tasks as requested. 

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Fire police in Pennsylvania are volunteer fire company members and are sworn in by the mayor, borough council president, township supervisor, or the local district justice of the peace. While they are usually under the direct control of the local police, they are under the Pennsylvania State Police if no local department is available. The first fire police officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were appointed in MeadvilleCrawford County in 1896 and until the passage of Title 35 in 1941, had no greater authority than that which could be provided by their respective fire company and municipality. They are also referred to in Pennsylvania as "Special Fire Police".

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Exeter Township Traffic 25 4
Amity Fire Company - Traffic 49 3
Coatesville Fire Police Traffic 41 4
Croydon Traffic 11 3
Kulpmont Fire Police Traffic 241 2
Gettysburg Fire Departement Traffic 1 3
SE-WY-CO Lower Saucon Township Traffic 1844 1
Tylersport Fire Company Traffic 72 4
South Lebanon Township Fire Police Traffic 48 3


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