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National Traffic Incident Management Train the Trainer Course Scheduled for Delaware
The National Train the Trainer Traffic Incident Management Training is scheduled for September 20, 21 at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover. This is a free course for all qualified public safety instructors
Wisconsin: Conservation Officer Struck by Car; Suspect Sought
The Pierce County sheriff's office is looking for a man who struck a Wisconsin conservation officer with a car in the town of Isabelle on Wednesday afternoon. The officer attempted to make contact with the man about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after seeing him outside a car that was parked facing the wrong direction on 560th Street south of Wisconsin 35.
Editor's Column-September 2014
It has been an honor and a pleasure to share my thoughts with you from time to time here at Respondersafety.com. I have worked to bring you the latest news and information on the latest concepts, ideas, and activities being identified and advocated by the Emergency Response Safety Institute (ERSI) of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association (CVVFA). By and large I am working on-line to perform my research, as well as identify those items which should be covered in my Editor’s Column. Such is not the case today. Sometimes in the course of my work as a volunteer firefighter here in Adelphia, New Jersey I come face-to-face with people and events which I feel must be shared with you. Such is the case in this column. Our fire department was call to the scene of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on one of our township’s roads. The location of the incident was on a long, fairly reasonable bend in the road, with a slight downward twist. The driver of the vehicle who had the MVA managed to straighten out the curve and smack a utility pole. The force of the crash also did downstream and upstream damage to poles immediately adjacent to the accident. As the driver on our first-out pumper, I was directed to take a position just west of the incident and stand by. Under the direction of our Captain, the crew donned their retro-reflective vests and proceeded up the road to the incident. At this point my rig was directed to move out of the roadway to a position in a large, private driveway. This I did with the aid of two backup spotters. It was from this vantage point that I began to see some things that I absolutely needed to share with you. I cannot count the number of times that I have reminded you here on Respondersafety.com that our highways are the second most dangerous place to which you and I respond. I say this with greater emphasis based upon my response to this latest MVA response. Let me tell you that drivers out there in our great land are some of the most dangerous people with whom we interact. During that recent Saturday response to which I refer, I witnessed some seriously defect driver behavior. At one point our crew was directed to stop traffic shot of the accident and turn it around. Our people took a highway position behind a township police car and used their flash lights to catch the attention of the people approaching the scene. I had the bright forward scene lights from my rig directed on them from the side. They were also wearing our department’s retro-reflective vests. In the first instance I saw a driver passed around our rig, fly past the police car which was blocking the scene and the roll right up to the spot where the wrecked car was blocking the street. I then saw one driver actually approach our crew in the street, slow down, honk their horn and then swerve to the left in order to go around them. That driver got an ear full of air horn. The final acts of stupidity came after an off-duty police captain stopped at the scene and proceeded to get some flares from the patrol car. He then set up at flare line up the road about 200 yard west of us. I counted at least a half dozen people who rolled around the flares and then had to be turned around by our troops in the highway. I am not sure whether people these days are just plain stupid, or merely unschooled in the ways of highway safety. Let me be generous at this point and suggest it is the latter. We here at Respondersafety.com would love to move into the area of training the general public. However, given our fiscal constraints and instructional staffing demands, we have made a conscious decision to work in our target arena. We are going to work as hard as we possibly can to provide education for our police, fire, EMS, and towing industry population. In order to set the focus for our future, the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association (CVVFA) will be holding a strategic planning retreat on October 18 at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Northeast Regional Training Center near the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Maryland. We want to chart a solid course which will allow us to broaden our success and continue to serve our members and the public in general. It is my belief that we will have an extremely productive session.
Missouri: Video: Trooper Struck on I-55 During Traffic Stop
For the first time, police “dash cam” video of a wreck that injured a Missouri Highway Patrol officer has been made public. The video, obtained by FOX 2, shows Trooper Jeremy Potocki moving the man he pulled over away from the busy shoulder of Interstate 55 moments before a car came tearing into the back of the police vehicle. The move may have saved the lives of both men.
Maryland: Drivers reminded to Pull Over for Emergency Vehicles and Tow Trucks
As of Oct. 1, drivers in Maryland must move over for tow trucks on the side of the road. The law is intended to provide an extra barrier for emergency personnel and tow truck drivers, according to a Maryland State Police news release. When a tow truck or emergency vehicle is on the side of the road with its lights on, drivers must move over to leave one lane free, if it is safe to do so. If drivers cannot move over, they must slow down. The “move over” law already applies to police, fire and emergency rescue personnel, but now tow trucks are included in the law. The fines for a violation start at $110 and one point against the driver, according to police.
Maryland: Traffic Officer Hit by Car Blocks from Camden Yards
Police said a civilian Department of Transportation special traffic enforcement officer who was working traffic control was struck by a car going west at Howard and Lombard streets. The victim was taken to a hospital and is said to be in serious condition.
Ohio: Deputy Hurt in Hit-Skip
A Lorain County Sheriff’s deputy was injured after he was struck during a police chase this morning. It happened at about 10:30 a.m. at Route 83 and Butternut Ridge Road in Eaton Township. Authorities say North Ridgeville police were involved in a chase with the driver of a stolen vehicle.
Massachusetts: Fitchburg Man Faces OUI Charge After Car Strikes State Police Cruiser
A Massachusetts State Police trooper was treated and released from a Worcester area hospital after the cruiser in which he was sitting was struck from behind on Interstate 290 on Monday night by an alleged drunk driver from Fitchburg.
Illinois: Chicago Officer Hit by Car, Suspect Shot on West Side
A Chicago police officer was hit by a car and the suspect shot on the Near West Side Saturday night, officials said. The incident took place about 10:12 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake Street, according to said Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.
Ohio: Scuffle Leads to Chase: Officers Struck
Police said a patrol officer and a detective scuffled with a theft suspect inside the Home Depot on Tylersville Road shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. "When they made contact with the individual inside the store, a scuffle ensued, suspect fled from the police officers across the parking lot," West Chester Police Captain Brian Rebholz said.
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