Fire Captain Struck Minutes After Arrival - Part 2

Last month’s column featured part one of a report about a close call involving City of Dayton, OH, Fire Department Captain Barry Cron, who was struck by a pickup truck while operating at a traffic accident scene in wintry weather. This month’s...

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At, you can create programs as well as continuing education training for all of your members. The site, operated by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) Emergency Responder Safety Institute, through grant funding, is the best way to get the most up-to-date information you need for your department. Listed below is a description of each training and resource category it offers, all at no cost. It also has online training certification programs so your members get needed sitdown training along with practical training.

• Advance Warning – Information on advance-warning equipment and protocols, including traffic-control devices and their deployment

• Blocking/Safe Positioning – Guidance on using vehicles to block the activity area to protect emergency responders and victims during an incident response on roadways

• High-Visibility PPE – Information on high-visibility personal protective equipment (PPE) such as garments, vests, helmets and gloves

• High-Visibility Vehicle Markings – Discussions about high-visibility markings on fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles deployed for traffic incidents

• Highway Lane Designations – The numbering and nomenclature of highway lane designations

• Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) – Makes the connection between NIMS/ICS and traffic-incident management, following the unified command paradigm and integrating with the work of traffic incident management and planning bodies

• Line-of-Duty Deaths (LODDs) – Data and/or discussions of some aspect of line-of-duty deaths of responders working on roadways

• National Unified Goal – Details the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management, a national policy that encourages state and local transportation and public safety agencies to adopt unified, multi-disciplinary policies, procedures and practices to improve the way traffic incidents are managed on U.S. roadways

• Professional Qualifications/Performance Standards – Explains professional qualifications and performance standards for traffic-control officers, emergency responders who work on highways and traffic-incident management professionals

• Public Education – Educates the public about slow-down and move-over laws protecting emergency responders and how to react to emergency vehicles at roadway incidents

• Reports – Official reports related to traffic-incident management issues that are published by agencies, departments and organizations representing emergency response, traffic, transportation and related disciplines

• Safety Education Materials – Resources such as posters, handouts and charts that can be used in educational campaigns

• Slow-Down and Move-Over Laws – Summarizes the content and status of slow-down and move-over laws in the U.S.

• SOPs/SOGs – Model standard operating procedures (SOPs) and standard operating guidelines (SOGs) to consult when determining what protocols to adopt and how to codify them into a formal document

• Struck-By Incidents – Data on struck-by incidents during roadway responses and/or discuss factors present in struck-by and near-miss incidents

• Traffic-Incident Management – Information on how roadways are best managed in instances of traffic, accidents and planned events

• Training – Suggests learning objectives, provides content, renders technical assistance and gives examples of other training implementations

• White Papers – Background information to help you understand specific issues in traffic control and traffic-incident management

With so many resources available at no cost, there is no excuse to not have all of our personnel trained and educated on what to do – and not do – when operating on roadways.

The next time someone in your firehouse asks “What’s for training?” you can answer that we have provided the appetizers, entrees and desserts above, thanks to the USFA, IAFF, NIOSH, Responder Safety/CVVFA and Captain Barry Cron. All for free. How ’bout that? Now start devouring.