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Why EMS needs more protection on roadway incidents
Roadways are the most dangerous scene types for EMS providers and require increased safety measures from hazardous exposure to minimize death and serious injury of public safety personnel. We regularly share news stories of fire apparatus struck while attending a motor vehicle collision, EMS providers struck while tending to a patient and police officers killed after stopping a speeding driver or checking on a disabled vehicle. In late October, a medical helicopter was struck and tipped over in New Mexico by an intoxicated driver who drove around barricades meant to block traffic. The reckless driver also hit a fire truck. No injuries were reported, but we don't know the impact of the transport delay on the patient's outcome. We also don't know the potential impact of traumatic stress on the EMS and fire personnel who were in the midst of caring for a patient when a out-of-control vehicle plowed into their scene.
Near Miss Reports Now Available on ResponderSafety.Com
Under cooperative agreement with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Near Miss (NNM), ResponderSafety.Com is pleased to now offer its web site visitors the opportunity to search roadway-related near miss reports from the NNM Fire database.
New Mexico: Helicopter struck by suspected drunk driver near Gallup
McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies say an alleged drunk driver ran through barricades to strike a fire truck and medical helicopter.
Georgia: Bibb firefighter adjusting after life-altering accident
Nearly three years ago on July, 11, 2013, a driver struck Eric John, a Macon-Bibb Firefighter of 24 years, on I-75. It sent his body flying over a median and five lanes, leaving him unconscious.
RSLN Partners with Federal Highway Administration to Offer New TIM Certificate
The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a certificate in traffic incident management is now available on learning.respondersafety.com.
Ohio: Driver charged with Highway Patrol trooper’s death
Police have charged a man with the death of a Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. Joshua Gaspar, 37, of Columbia Station, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Maryland: Maryland agencies, advocates receive $12.5 million to encourage roadway safety
Maryland police and roadway safety advocates won $12.5 million in federal grants to encourage safe driving.
Texas: Atascocita officer receives Star of Texas award
On Monday September 12, 2016, Sergeant Jeremy Talbert with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman's Office was honored with the "Star of Texas Award" presented to him by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The awards were given to peace officers and first responders were critically injured or killed in the line of duty.
Kansas: Fallen Johnson County deputy honored at memorial service
Fallen Johnson County Master Deputy Brandon Collins was honored Thursday by family and friends at a funeral service.
Names added to Wall of the Fallen for 2015
September 14, 2016 / CHATTANOOGA, TN – The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum added 22 new names to the Wall of the Fallen during its tenth annual ceremony honoring towing operators who have died in the line of service. The names include those from previous years as the details of fatalities become known. In all, the Wall of the Fallen now has over 400 names of men and women who have lost their lives serving the towing and road service industry.