Struck By Incidents

These Resources report data on struck-by incidents during roadway responses and/or discuss factors present in struck-by and near miss incidents.

2019 ERSI Struck-By-Vehicle Fatality Report

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), a committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA), reports that vehicles struck and killed 44 emergency responders who were working various types of roadway incidents in 2019.

Upload Date: 1/13/2020


2019 ERSI Struck-By-Vehicle Fatality Spreadsheet

2019 ERSI Struck-By-Vehicle Fatality Spreadsheet

Upload Date: 1/13/2020


2020 ERSI Struck-By-Vehicle Fatality Spreadsheet

2020 ERSI Struck-By-Vehicle Fatality Spreadsheet

Upload Date: 12/7/2020


2020 Helmets and Head Protection Survey

In 2020, ERSI , conducted a nationwide survey of over 899 fire service and EMS personnel to gather their opinions regarding helmet use at roadway incidents.

Upload Date: 1/28/2021


2021 ERSI Struck-by-Vehicle Fatality Incidents Data – as of November 17, 2021

2021 ERSI Struck-by-Vehicle Fatality Incidents Data – as of November 17, 2021

Upload Date: 11/17/2021



Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus and Ambulances

This guideline outlines proper safety practices to be used when backing fire department and EMS vehicles and maneuvering in close-quarters situations.

Upload Date: 1/25/2018


Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus and Ambulances Video

This video defines the important points in a backing up SOP, demonstrates a recommended backing up procedure using a spotter, and reinforces the importance of training on and enforcing the backing up SOP.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries From Vehicles and Equipment

Through synthesis of current research on highway work zone safety with input from participants in a December 1998 workshop, this document offers measures that contractors, agencies, policymakers, manufacturers, law enforcement, and the research community can take to reduce occupational injuries in highway work zones.

Upload Date: 1/7/2013


Citizens’ Hose Company Struck By Case Study

Go inside the December 17, 2020 struck by incident that shook Citizens’ Hose Company (Smyrna, DE) to its core and hear from the firefighters involved what happened, how traffic control made the difference, and how the department has responded moving forward.

Upload Date: 8/17/2021


National Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries in 2005

This report summarizes the data on fatal occupational injuries in the year 2005, covering all occupational groups. Fatal highway accidents were the most frequent type of fatal workplace event. Data is broken down in several ways, including by type of incident, by industry, by occupation, by demographics, and by State. Multiple full data tables are presented.

Upload Date: 12/21/2012


On-Duty Deaths of Fire-Police Officers, 1991-2010

This report from the National Fire Protection Association summarizes the data for on-duty deaths of fire-police officers from 1991-2010, including demographic characteristics, nature of injury, and type of duty. Further detail on the specifics of some incidents is also presented.

Upload Date: 12/2/2011


PIO & Public Educator Engagement Infographic

This infographic displays some of the highest-impact facts and statistics about roadway incident safety. Unfortunately, we don't have all the statistics we would like, but many entities continue to work on sharpening the picture of the risks first responders and the public face at emergency scenes on the roadway.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Sarah’s Story

The Monroe County Intermediate School District (Michigan) in collaboration with the 1st District Court of Monroe, MI produced this public service video describing the experience of a struck by incident from the perspective of a teen driver who hit an emergency responder. Sarah’s Story was produced in 2005 and its content reflects Michigan traffic laws at that time.

Upload Date: 11/12/2021


Ten Cones of Highway Safety

This video makes plain the dangers of working on the roadway, the grave reality of line of duty deaths occurring on the roadway, and explains the “ten cones of highway safety” for responders to practice to work more safely on the road.

Upload Date: 12/21/2012


The First 15 Minutes - Decision Making at Roadway Incidents

This Power Point program provides training for responders on the first arriving apparatus at a highway incident. The first 15 minutes of an incident often sets the tone for the entire response. Learn how practices such as “windshield size up” can make the scene safer.

Upload Date: 9/6/2013


Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways

This alert describes the hazards facing fire fighters working along roadways, presents two case studies, and lists recommendations for prevention of struck bys.

Upload Date: 1/7/2013


Watch Out Behind You!

A full operations level training program that may be taught in modules. Suggested presenters should be at least a level one instructor. Suggested teaching time is 4 hours total.

Upload Date: 9/6/2013

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