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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.
CVVFA President Walter Robertson announced today that Chief Ed Mann former Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner has accepted the position of Director of Continuing Education of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. “Ed has been a member of ERSI for years and we are pleased he agreed to take a higher profile in our organization” said Robertson. Click here to learn more…

Sandy Springs Fire Chief Randy Wilson and Anderson County Fire Chief Jimmy Sutherland are encouraging citizens of the county to show their support for fallen firefighter Kenneth Michael Stanton. Stanton was killed while on duty Sunday night. Funeral services for Stanton will be held Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Burial will be at M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery immediately following the service. Click here to learn more…

2015 A man has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a volunteer firefighter in Anderson County last night. The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the fatal crash on US-76 at Sandy Springs Road about 2100 hours. Firefighter Kenneth Stanton of Pendleton, 52, was transported to the hospital for injuries suffered in the wreck. FF Stanton suffered head trauma and succumbed to injuries in the hospital shortly thereafter. Click here to learn more…

Respondersafety.com has released a new thirty-second public service announcement (PSA) showing drivers how to comply with the Move It law, which is also known as the Fender Bender law and the Steer It Clear It law. Click here to learn more…

Nearly 20 New Hampshire police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles since Thanksgiving, prompting law enforcement, fire and emergency officials to warn drivers to slow down, move over and be more careful. Col. Robert Quinn with the state police says the 19 crashes are three times the average for the winter season. Another story can be found at: http://www.nh1.com/news/19-nh-state-trooper-cruisers-hit-this-winter-a-300-percent-increase/ Click here to learn more…

The small town of Broken Bow will host a memorial for fallen Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Nicholas Dees at the high school. Dees was hit by a car Saturday while working an accident on Interstate 40 in Seminole County. Law enforcement personnel from around the country are expected to attend this service. Click here to learn more…

Gary R. Blakley, 66, of Ontario, Canada, surrendered on a warrant more than a year after the death of the 35-year-old trooper. On Dec. 16, 2013, Blakley was driving a tractor-trailer that struck Cunniff's marked State Policecar as he conducted a traffic stop on the Thruway in Amsterdam, State Police said. Blakley was charged Tuesday with three felonies — aggravated criminally negligent homicide, aggravated manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide — as well as misdemeanor reckless driving, unsafely moving from a lane, operating over allowed hours and logbook violations. Click here to learn more…

Officer William McGary served nearly two years on the Conway Police force before being killed on duty. On Saturday, family and friends unveiled a sign dedicated to the 26-year-old Officer. The sign is on Dave Ward Drive where McGary was struck by an alleged drunk driver. Mcgary was airlifted to Little Rock Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Conway Police say the sign is to remember McGary and remind drivers to be alert while on the road. Click here to learn more…



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