Response & Operations on Limited Access Highways
My department is currently looking at updating our response procedures for Operations on Limited Access Highways. I am looking for information concerning how departments deal with incidents that have occurred in the opposite lanes of traffic from the direction the apparatus is traveling in.
Do you stop on the opposite side of the median and cross over to provide assistance? Do you travel to the next exit and turn around? Do you drop a single responder off at the incident and then travel to a turn around/exit?
We currently dispatch two Engine Companies, a light rescue, an ambulance, and three police units to these incidents. For much of the interstate highway we cover, we can have an engine coming from opposite directions. This helps prevent us from having to absolutely having to stop in the opposite lanes or travel to the next exit to get a unit on-scene. We are looking to develop some automatic aid policies to deal with areas where this is not possible because of station locations and exits.
Does anyone know of any legal reason why we would absolutely have to stop to provide aid if it were safer to travel to the turn around and come back?
Thank you for any help with this matter.