CHULA VISTA, CA (KFMB/CNN) - A California Highway Patrol officer faces criticism for handcuffing a firefighter at the scene of a traffic accident.
Firefighter Jacob Gregoire can be seen telling his supervisor he is being arrested on video recorded at the site. The unnamed officer then handcuffed the firefighter.
"It's unbelievable you guys have to treat us like this. We're on the road trying to help people," Gregoire said.
He was escorted to a police cruiser where he was detained for about 30 minutes. Fire Chief Dave Hanneman said he called for a meeting between the two departments after learning of the incident.
"We talked about what could be put in place so that this doesn't happen again," Hanneman said.
According to fire officials, three engines responded to the crash on I-805; all parked in the fast lane. CHP asked them to move, but only two did.
"Those two other engines had to leave the scene, and that only left one engine," Hanneman said, "so there wasn't anyone else to help the ambulance crew."
In a joint statement from doth departments, officials called it an "unfortunate incident and said both had "the utmost respect for each other."
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