Monday, August 30, 2010

Responding to Roadway Incidents

Contributed by Sandy Paquette, Roadway Safety Trainer, Evergreen Safety Council

At every vehicle-related emergency scene, personnel are exposed to passing motorists of varying driving abilities. Approaching motorists will often be looking at the scene, and not the roadway in front of them. Some of these vehicle operators may be:
  • vision impaired,
  • under the influence drugs or alcohol,
  • driving without a drivers license,
  • speeding, or
  • experiencing medical condition that affects their judgment or abilities.

In addition, motorists may be completely oblivious to your presence due to distraction caused by:

  • cell phone use,
  • loud music,
  • conversation,
  • inclement weather,
  • terrain, or
  • building obstructions.

Assume that all approaching traffic is out to get you until proven otherwise.

The Responder Safety website has a lot of great training resources, videos and more for those men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety.

Here is a sample - Checklist for improving Responder Safety at Roadway Incidents

The department has a working relationship with law enforcement, DOT (public Works/Highway) and other responders to roadway incidents.

All department personnel have ANSI 107 or ANSI 207 compliant high visibility vest/clothing available and its use is mandatory during roadway operations

Apparatus is equipped with basic traffic control equipment including cones, flares/lights, and advance warning signs.

New apparatus has rear stripping per NFPA 1901, 2009. Department exploring or implementing retrofitting current apparatus.

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