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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.
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 Click here to learn more…

For the past three weeks life in the town of Glendale has continued as usual, except there remains a feeling of emptiness at the firehouse. "There's a hole here that will never, ever be filled. No one will ever take Jonathan's place," said Andy Perry, a Glendale firefighter. But now for the first time since Jonathan French died a familiar sound has returned to the firehouse. A fire engine is on loan from the Elizabethtown Fire Department taking the place of Glendale's own engine that was damaged from the crash. Click here to learn more…

A group of tow truck operators in Onslow County are concerned about their safety while working. They said more drivers need to be conscious of the ‘Move Over’ law. Click here to learn more…

In the Aug. 7 News, I read with disgust the article, “Firefighter killed, mother injured when hit by truck.” This article struck a nerve with me as my wife and I travel frequently with our 32-foot fifth-wheel trailer and encounter a lot of truck traffic. This particular driver struck and killed a firefighter trying to extinguish a car fire on the side of the road in Kentucky. Why? Click here to learn more…

A vigorous push to honor a fallen Virginia State Trooper 26 years after her death. Trooper Jacqueline Vernon was hit by a bus while working a traffic stop back in 1988. She was the first female - and the first African American - state trooper killed in the line of duty. Click here to learn more…

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…

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