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TOPIC: 2008 Update
OBJECTIVE: Update of Safe Parking Protocols for Responders Working In or Near Moving Traffic
TASK: Highway incident scene responders shall explain how department protocols for highway incident scene response will be updated to incorporate Title 23 CFR, Part 634, requirements, the ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 "Public Safety Vest" standard, break-away vest features, vehicle chevrons, and ambulance "blocking" procedures.
The University of Extrication first published information on responder safety while working in or near moving traffic as a six-part series beginning with the October 2003 issue of FirehouseÂ® Magazine. The University of Extrication "Safe Parking" series covered many of the aspects of highway scene operations including a look at the struck-by line-of-duty deaths that occur at these incidents, an overview of the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) document that governs our operations at highway incident scenes, procedures for blocking at an incident scene, personal street survival skills for responders at incidents, and a look at highway responder safety equipment. Since the conclusion of the series in early 2004, many things have changed and there is much good news to report. This University of Extrication column will look at changes as well as what's new and different with our traffic incident safe-parking practices and procedures.