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Created as a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association, the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) serves as an advisory group of public safety leaders and transportation experts committed to reducing deaths and injuries to America's emergency responders. Every day, our nation's firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, state troopers, police officers, sheriff's deputies, tow operators, and departments of transportation responders are exposed to the grave hazards inherent in emergency responses on the nation's highways and roadways. ERSI is dedicated to the safety of these men and women by engaging in and promoting activities that include developing educational material to support responder safety training; promoting the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management (TIM) including responder safety; safe, quick clearance and interoperable communications; encouraging the development of TIM Teams, promoting collaboration, communication and cooperation among the nation’s emergency responders and keeping emergency responders up to date on national rules, regulations and trends related to safe roadway incident operations.
A 72-year-old driver who struck and killed a rookie Metro police officer while traveling on Interstate 65 earlier this year is now charged with reckless homicide. Dean Diver surrendered to Metro police Wednesday morning after he was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury. The accident involving Diver and Officer Michael Petrina occurred May 10. Click here to learn more…

Authorities said 50-year-old Steven Dolan was driving the pickup truck that struck and killed Nathan Walsh last month along Interstate 94 near Osseo. The 38-year-old Walsh was wearing reflective gear and the wrecker's warning lights were operating when the pickup struck him and sideswiped his tow truck while he loaded a disabled car onto a flatbed. Walsh was pronounced dead at the scene. Other stories can be found at: http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_ba1dcd46-7207-11e4-8a20-e3d25b8abd0e.html http://www.news8000.com/news/la-crosse-man-charged-in-truck-drivers-death/29858088 Click here to learn more…

According to court records, Brian Yazzie was driving on a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he allegedly struck and killed Officer David Payne early Halloween morning. Bond was set at $750,000 for 31-year-old Brian Yazzie during his initial court appearance the Monday following the wreck. Payne was the second Chandler officer killed in a crash that week. Click here to learn more…

New York State Police announced Friday that there will be additional troopers on the roads until Jan. 1 to crack down on drunk driving. Click here to learn more…

Friends and family have gathered to mourn a Ventura County sheriff's deputy who was killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver. A flag-covered casket carried the body of Sgt. Eugene Kostiuchenko into a church in Westlake Village for his funeral on Tuesday. The 41-year-old father of two was struck by a car last week in Camarillo as he walked back to his patrol car near a freeway on-ramp after stopping another motorist. Click here to learn more…

The National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training is available on line and at no cost. Find how you can receive this training Click here to learn more…

Belleville attorney Thomas Q. Keefe Jr., who represents the family of a state trooper who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer, raised questions Tuesday about $11,000 in campaign contributions given by the trucker's employer to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Karmeier, a Republican from Nashville who was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2004, is up for retention on the November ballot. A justice needs at least 60 percent "yes" votes in order to be retained. Click here to learn more…

Working in and around traffic is risky business – but it is something that incident responders do day-in and day-out. Educating these responders regarding the significance of quick and safe roadway clearance is vital. Thankfully, leaders of the Metro Atlanta Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force have managed to unify a diverse mix of people, agencies and businesses for this distinct purpose. With a mission to develop and sustain a region-wide incident management program, the TIME Task Force provides a forum to share lessons learned and best practices. And as traffic incident management practitioners from throughout Georgia gather this week at the 2014 TIME Task Force Annual Conference, today - September 30th - has been proclaimed as Traffic Incident Management Day in Georgia. Click here to learn more…

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