Roadway Incidents: An Update on Strategies, Tactics, & Innovations

Emergency responses to roadway and highway incidents are some of the most dangerous work faced by firefighters and emergency medical personnel nowadays. Blocking with fire apparatus helps protect fire and EMS personnel but that's only one aspect of an overall system for roadway incident response. Technological innovations are helping to provide additional safeguards. This session will review the strategies and tactics that have successfully protected emergency personnel and will also review innovative ideas and equipment that have been introduced within the past few years to help make roadway incident scenes better protected. Emergency responders continue to be struck and injured or killed by vehicles at all kinds of roadway incidents. Firefighters need to take defensive measures to protect themselves, other emergency personnel, victims and other drivers near the incident scene. Strategies and tactics need to be developed, documented, trained and utilized when responding to roadway incidents. In 2021, the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) recorded 65 emergency responder fatalities including nine fire and EMS personnel who were struck by vehicles while working highway incidents. The hazard is serious and requires very specific strategies and tactics to protect personnel. This session will summarize the state of the art in highway incident safety and also look at emerging hazards that we should prepare for now.

Jack Sullivan
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM