EMS Provider Safety at Roadway Incidents

Prepared for the EMS Leadership Summit

ResponderSafety.com and The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) promote recommended responder safety and traffic incident management (TIM) practices that improve the safety of emergency responders, including EMS providers, when they are working scenes on the roadway or traversing the roadway to access a scene. We understand and affirm that EMS providers face particular challenges when delivering patient care at roadway incidents. We have prepared resources to teach recommended safety practices that can improve the safety of EMS providers when positioning ambulances, operating on foot, delivering patient care, loading patients, and departing the scene.

During Your Weekly Training Session, Drill Night, or Down Time on Shift

We have developed a topic plan for EMS provider safety at roadway incidents that you can integrate into your training rotation.

TOPIC PLAN: Roadway Safety and TIM for EMS Providers

Suggested activities for each role in your department to place the focus on emergency responder safety and traffic incident management at roadway incidents, as well as the specific needs of EMS providers.

Leadership:

Supervisors, Shift Commanders, Crew Chiefs, and Officers:

  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module, "Roadway Incident Operational Safety for EMS Providers." Encourage your crews to do the same.
  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module, “Professionalism and Leadership in Roadway Incident Response” and consider how to apply its recommendations
  • Play the Roadway Safety Short "Safe Positioning an Ambulance at Roadway Incidents" for your crew(s) and discuss how to apply its recommended practices at roadway incidents in your jurisdiction. In addition, play the other Roadway Safety Shorts videos for your crew(s) and discuss how you will apply these recommended practices when delivering patient care at a roadway incident scene.
  • Show the video "Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus and Ambulances" to your crew(s) and discuss how to apply its recommended practices at roadway incidents in your jurisdiction.
  • Earn the National TIM Training Certificate. Encourage your crews to earn it as well.
  • Earn the Certified Traffic Incident Management Technician credential. In the fall of 2020, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association will start offering this new credential that is third party accredited by The Pro Board to the NFPA 1091 standard. Responder Safety has written a comprehensive study guide to help personnel prepare for the certification exam. Visit fdsoa.org for more information on the certification. Encourage your crews to earn the certification as well.

Training Supervisors, Training Officers, and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:

Training Challenge ResponderSafety.com and the Responder Safety Learning Network encourage you to challenge your personnel to train on roadway safety practices and adopt a safety mindset when operating on the roadway by requiring or recommending to your personnel that they complete the National TIM Training Certificate from the Responder Safety Learning Network. Set a participation goal and reward if the goal is met. Personnel can prove they completed the certificate by printing and showing the National TIM Training Certificate to their supervisor.

More Resources You will find dozens of additional resources to help you train and improve the safety of your personnel when responding to incidents on the roadway, including vehicle fires, crashes, medical emergencies, natural disasters, and large scale responses like mass casualties and violent incidents. Here are the main categories of resources available to you. All resources are free.

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