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    Exclamation Highway Incident Safety

    I was looking for some video clips to show at drill when I visited Firefighter Close Calls and came across the following:

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    All I can say is, WOW! If you have not seen these video clips please watch them. They are a real eye-opener... I know I'll be a little more alert and aware the next time I'm out at 4 AM, half asleep and directing traffic...
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    Clip 2 & 3 are going in my EMT Extrication / MVA power point. Thanks!
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    Wow I watched the last one 3 times before I noticed
    the blue truck. "HVFD21 to dispatch send me some clean
    shorts please." what if the trooper that ran from
    the car had on turnouts ? think he would have still
    out run that one.

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    Amazing, some people make my driving look good! Great stuff Gal.

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    From first hand experience, incidents like this can happen at anytime. While at an accident scene, I was struck by a guy who was high on crack and fleeing police.

    I would like to know more about each of these cases, were the drivers just distracted or DUI.

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    Well, statistically a traffic stop is the most hazerdous thing a police officer can do. I find it interesting that the police in most of the clips hear screeching tires, meaning the oncoming car is braking. Leads me to believe it is just stupidity and inattention, and not DUI or some other factor. People just don't understand that the flashing lights (on a cruiser, rig, or ambus) mean to slow down, not to become fixated.
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    Default Re: Highway Incident Safety

    Originally posted by Co11FireGal
    All I can say is, WOW! If you have not seen these video clips please watch them. They are a real eye-opener... I know I'll be a little more alert and aware the next time I'm out at 4 AM, half asleep and directing traffic...
    You shouldnt be directing traffic. Thats a job for PD. Either shut down the road completely, or block the scene and let PD direct traffic around you
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    You shouldnt be directing traffic. Thats a job for PD. Either shut down the road completely, or block the scene and let PD direct traffic around you
    Wouldn't it be nice.... We direct traffic 99% of the time because the police simply don't have the manpower for that. They love us for it and we love them for getting it investigated and towed as quickly as possible.
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    Originally posted by nmfire


    Wouldn't it be nice.... We direct traffic 99% of the time because the police simply don't have the manpower for that. They love us for it and we love them for getting it investigated and towed as quickly as possible.
    Police act more like it's OUR job just because we ALWAYS do it. By the time police get on scene we have done been directing traffic for usually at least half hour, and when they are done they leave. Once in a while we'll get to pack up and have PD wait for the tow truck but that is the exception. Usually they pack up and we wait...
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    Jeeze....all but one of these were from Ohio! I'm walking from now on.
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    Default Re: Re: Re: Highway Incident Safety

    Originally posted by nmfire


    Wouldn't it be nice.... We direct traffic 99% of the time because the police simply don't have the manpower for that. They love us for it and we love them for getting it investigated and towed as quickly as possible.
    Thats fine. I understand MANY FD's do this. We just dont feel its safe and we dont do it here. We do not have the formal training for it nor the equipment. We look at it the same as pulling meters or repairing gas leaks. Not trained/equiped for it = not our job. If PD is not available, we shut down the road.
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    I would have to agree with Dave1983, if no PD is on scene close down the lanes. With both of the companies that I run with, we have a good relationship with them. We do our thing and they do theirs. Usually, the Police officer in charge will discuss the situation with our officers.

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