Roadway Incident Operations Safety

Sources: and U.S. Fire Administration News reported a firefighter was killed and another firefighter and police officer were critically injured when struck by the driver of a van while working the scene of a vehicle wreck on March 19, 2012. This prompted the Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) to reassess some of the basics of safely operating on the roadway, which are the subject of another Coffee Break Training (PDF, 370 Kb) installment by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

The training document discusses wearing a high-visibility traffic vest, how to park emergency vehicles, using emergency warning lights, situating approved traffic cones, employing illuminated warning devices, etc. Additional suggestions to enhance roadway operations for emergency responders can be seen at the USFA web site.

The EMR-ISAC understands that upon completion of this training the student will be able to identify techniques for improved safety during roadway incident operations.