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    Default Highway Safety Struck-By Prevention

    This is the scene as you pull up. You are an officer; say maybe even a Chief Officer. Your engine and ambulance are on the scene of what was called in as a vehicle crash. Turns out it is a car vs. bicyclist and the patient from the bike is now down along the shoulder of the road. It is 11am on a weekday.

    Are you comfortable with what you see? Are we set up the way the department is trained to establish a traffic incident management area? Is there anything you would do to improve our "struck-by resistance"?
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    We have a longer taper/merge zone and a Emergency Scene ahead sign that is placed prior to the scene. In this one snapshot there are things I might question that are in place,just not obvious from this shot. T.C.
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    Our engine would be angled outwards, not inwards.
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    Have to agree with the points made by Bones and TC. The taper area is about 1/4 of what it should be, especially when you use the rule of 100' of taper for every 10mph on the roadway. Assuming that this is a 65mph roadway, that comes out to 650' of taper.

    Also, unless the pump operator HAS to be protected, I always prefer to point the rig in the way that I want traffic to merge. Using the biggest vehicle on the scene to provide a visual indication of the merge direction is a great practice.

    I do commend them for using the tall cones, and making sure the cones extend along the perimeter of the incident scene.
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    Also, I'd have protection past the engine - to keep people from sliding back over too soon...or wrecking.......so hopefully this doesn't happen....
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