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Want to Protect First Responders? Doors Open for Additional Traffic Aides

HERNANDO – Part of RNRF’s day-to-day routine involves reporting on vehicle accident around Hernando County. When first responders like Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue arrive on the scene, their first priority is attending to the injured and preventing further damage or injury. But we sometimes forget to recognize the unsung heroes who respond to protect the one’s busy saving lives – the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office STA’s or Sheriff’s Traffic Aides.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement recently, opening the door for additional STA’s to join the team.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteers living in the Spring Hill area that are interested in volunteering for the Sheriff’s Traffic Aides (STAs) team.

The primary mission of the Sheriff’s Traffic Aides is to provide traffic control at motor vehicle accident scenes or in the area of a structure fire.  When needed, STAs may also support Emergency Operations, such as when wires are down or a traffic signal malfunctions.    Their work is critical to the safely of those involved in an incident as well as the first responders attending to them.

Previous traffic control experience is not required.  STAs receive specialized training and equipment. Uniform shirts, caps and vests are also provided free of charge.  Sheriff’s Traffic Aides must pass a required background check including fingerprints.

For more information, please call 352-754-4083.  Applications can be found on our website,, select (click on) the CERT link. All applications must be submitted to Dan Santana, Emergency Management Specialist.

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  • Ya ok. jrae go sign up. Talk is cheap and your spittle is free

    Saturday, 31 October 2015, 4:36 pm
  • How much does it pay

    Saturday, 31 October 2015, 3:43 pm
    • Clearly states how much —–“The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteers living in the Spring Hill area that are interested in volunteering for the Sheriff’s Traffic Aides (STAs) team.”

      Saturday, 31 October 2015, 9:35 pm
  • LOL joshua T that’s a good one! Anonymous thank you, people seem to have NO Respect for military, police fire etc, sign of the times I guess. Totally unacceptable tho. Thank you!!

    Saturday, 31 October 2015, 1:37 pm
  • Ken; Those “old guys” are retired fire, emt, leo and military who have spent their lives in public service and now are still giving back in retirement. They are on call 24/7, answering calls that interrupt dinner, on Christmas Eve or at 02:30 a.m. in the morning to stand in the rain for hours directing traffic at an accident scene. The background check is necessary because they may drive marked agency vehicles, their “directions” are considered lawful orders and deputies do write citations which can include felony charges. As a traffic aide you are obligated to go to court as part of the process, where the defense will gladly reveal your past transgressions. They will show up at your next traffic accident or house fire, regardless of your disrespect and criticism.

    Saturday, 31 October 2015, 10:53 am
  • Ya ok im sure they would have no problem you might have to have a special sign amd yours would say im a smart ass please stop.

    Saturday, 31 October 2015, 7:55 am
  • Well Amy and Jana Rae sign up for this position then. lol

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 11:49 pm
  • Well said Amy Wonder well said!!

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 10:32 pm
  • Here’s 2 more,perfect record, not even speeding tickets.BAM! Lol

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 7:03 pm
  • Well Ken, not everyone that retires from up North is old. Many of us crackers moved up North to stay off of the government dole and guess what most of us don’t have records…want to know why? We worked rather than getting in trouble apparently unlike yourself..wanna know something else if it were not for us moving back this would be a bigger cesspool than it is!

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 6:52 pm
  • Ya I agree sandy I would volunteer but wow I can’t even volunteer to direct traffic cause I got a background. Hey sheriff Here’s a tip of advice lower your requirements for a volunteer position and you might get more help. Just cause someone has a background doesn’t mean they can’t be of help to direct traffic. Can’t be any worse than the old guys retired from the north you got doing it now

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 5:50 pm
  • Thank you, for all your time!

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 3:48 pm
  • @sandy now there’s 2 of us never been arrested so far we’re batting 100……lol

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 3:12 pm
  • Really, half the people? How dumb are you??

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 2:54 pm
  • “Sheriff’s Traffic Aides must pass a required background check including fingerprints.”
    That leaves out about 50% of the people in Hernando county!
    At least 1/2 of the county has been arrested for one thing or another. lol

    Friday, 30 October 2015, 1:24 pm

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