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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.
Hundreds lined the procession route that spanned four municipalities Monday to salute the former Marine and Waldwick High School graduate on his final journey – from Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff to St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus. Goodell died early Thursday when his unmarked patrol car was struck from behind on the shoulder of Route 17 south by a tractor trailer while Goodell was parked near Bergen Avenue doing radar surveillance. Click here to learn more…

The local program operates only in Lehigh and Northampton counties, using state and federal funding designated for the service by the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, a committee that helps PennDOT determine how best to spend state transportation funding in Lehigh and Northampton counties.The light-green tow trucks help stranded motorists get back on the road if possible, or move their vehicles to safety or to avoid blocking lanes, as well as assist police with accident-related traffic control and provide other services. The service is not offered statewide, or even throughout PennDOT's six-county, Allentown-based District 5. Click here to learn more…

Their business is known for being very competitive, especially out on the streets. But on Sunday, tow truck drivers around Louisville put their differences aside to support a colleague killed on a call. Click here to learn more…

Hey! How about a podcast for a change? Steve Austin and Jack Sullivan talk to Peter Lamb about roadway incident safety and how much things have changed in the last few years. There is a lengthy list of internet resources provided about lots online information and materials Click here to learn more…

Family, friends, coworkers and even some people who didn’t personally know James Sauter came out early Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Illinois State Police trooper. They gathered at 6:45 a.m. in front of the village hall in Chicago Ridge for the annual Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. This is the 14th year in which Chicago Ridge police have participated, and the second straight year they have run and walked the Chicago Ridge portion that is named in Sauter’s memory. Click here to learn more…

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police and Maryland State Police (MSP) have joined forces to increase motorist awareness of Maryland's Move Over Law. This law requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle using visual signals while stopped on a highway to, if possible, make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic. If moving to another lane away from the stopped emergency vehicle is not possible, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed. As part of this effort, today, from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., the MDTA Police and MSP will join forces to conduct a traffic-safety initiative targeting violations of Maryland's Move Over Law along the entire stretch of I-95 in Maryland. Click here to learn more…

A bill, sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington to increase penalties for violations of Scott's Law, is now headed to the governor. Click here to learn more…

Nearly 2,000 people, including Gov. Cuomo, paid their final respects to New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner in the Southern Tier on Tuesday. Other stories can be found at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/742972/funeral-services-held-near-binghamton-for-trooper-intentionally-hit-by-driver/ http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Photos-Trooper-mourned-5526539.php Click here to learn more…



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