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Roadway Incident Safety

The Safety Officer’s Role in Roadway Incident Response

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) just released a new training module: The Safety Officer’s Role in Roadway Incident Response.

The safety officer has a critical role in promoting and implementing recommended roadway incident response safety practices in training rotations and on scene. Fire departments make almost 3 ½ times as many runs to incidents on roadway properties as they do to structure fires, yet responder safety and traffic incident management typically do not receive the same attention in training and implementation as structure fire safety practices. To better protect all personnel, safety officers can:

  • Step up to be advocates in their departments for compliance with applicable standards.
  • Initiate and participate in SOP/SOG writing for roadway incident responses.
  • Teach recommended traffic incident management and responder safety practices.
  • Purchase or advocate to purchase PPE and temporary traffic control devices to facilitate recommended practices.
  • Ensure these recommended practices are followed at roadway incident responses.
  • Facilitate After Action Reviews (AARs) following roadway incident responses.
  • Help develop materials to educate the public about Move Over laws.

This program prepares safety officers to be advocates in their departments by reviewing recommended traffic incident management and roadway incident safety practices with recommendations for how to implement them.

This training is self-paced and estimated to take about one hour to complete. If you do not already have an account with the Responder Safety Learning Network, first create a free account. Membership is free, and members can access all available training and features. Once logged in, visit the Safety Officer’s Role in Roadway Incident Response page to take the course.

If you are interested in hosting an Emergency Operations course please contact Sam Burnette.

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**As of December 31, 2019, the Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) does not identify, approve, or endorse specific Infection Control Officer educational programs. Virginia licensed EMS agencies may select a training program of their choice to ensure their agency's DICO has received training that is compliant with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 and any other federal regulation(s) that may apply.  Click here to learn more.