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2020 National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week: Slow Down, Move Over, Be Safe

When: November 9-15, 2020

What: This week is an opportunity to promote safety at roadway incident scenes for both the motoring public and the emergency responders who serve them. This year's theme reminds all that the lives of motorists and responders depend on effective actions by drivers and the highway heroes who respond to save the lives of complete strangers. Effective TIM practices, and a vigilant public that slows down and moves over to let them work and keep passengers safe, reduce needless secondary crashes, and save lives. The goal of National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week is, for the fourth year, to reach out to every responder, and to every driver, and to every passenger, to make it more clear that every person has a role to play. More details are available at http://timnetwork.org/traffic-incident-response-awareness-week/

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute is an official partner and supporter of the 2020 National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

ResponderSafety.com and The Responder Safety Learning Network have hundreds of resources to help you plan your National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week training to improve the safety of your personnel when responding to incidents on the roadway, including vehicle fires, crashes, medical emergencies, natural disasters, and large scale responses like mass casualties and violent incidents. Here are the main categories of resources available to you. All resources are free.

If you need somewhere to start, ResponderSafety.com has created the following plan for training options during National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

All Week: Take the National TIM Training Certificate Challenge

  • Challenge your personnel to complete the National TIM Training Certificate from the Responder Safety Learning Network during this week. Set a participation goal and reward if the goal is met. Personnel can prove they completed the certificate by printing and showing the National TIM Training Certificate to their supervisor or commanding officer.

During Your Weekly Training Session, Drill Night, or Down Time on Shift

There are many different ways to use the topic plans described below.

  • Training Session Focus: Select one or more topics described below as your department's training focus for the Stand Down week's training session or drill night.
  • Full Week of Activities: Do a "weekly plan" where you select one activity from one topic on each day for the entire week from 6/14 (Topic Plan 1) through to 6/20 (Topic Plan 7). Pick the activity in each topic that most closely fits your role in the department.
  • One Topic: Commit to completing one activity in one topic some time during the week. Select a topic and activity most relevant to your role in the department.
  • By Opportunity: Read the topics and activities and select some according to opportunities in your department. For example, during a shift change or at a group meal, play one of the suggested Roadway Safety Shorts. If you have an officers' meeting, go over SOPs or play a TIM in a Minute from the Roadway Safety Teaching Topic Packages on a procedure of particular interest in your department.

Activities

Leadership:

Fire Officers:

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Watch the Responder Safety Learning Network modules "High Visibility Innovations" to see how to make your fire apparatus and emergency vehicles more visible to oncoming traffic and "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" to understand the requirements for high visibility apparel.
  • Consider ways in which your fire apparatus can be retrofitted to be more visible and resolve to work on these modifications this year.
  • Review your department's high visibility apparel SOP with all officers and direct them to review it with their crews.
  • Review the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices section pertaining to high visibility apparel to ensure you are in compliance, as well as any state MUTCD or state supplement in your state.
  • Check your stock of high visibility apparel and order any needed items.
  • Verify that all personnel have been issued high visibility apparel and it remains in usable condition
  • Order any necessary high visibility apparel

Fire Officers:

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Review your department's SOPs for setting up a TIMA with all officers and direct them to review it with their crews.
  • Watch the Responder Safety Learning Network program "TIM for the Next Generation" to reinforce the importance of teaching basic traffic control procedures to all new department members.
  • Read NFPA 1091 to understand how your personnel must be prepared for traffic control duties.

Fire Officers:

  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module "Intro to Fire Service Traffic Control Professional" to understand the importance and challenge of performing traffic control duties at the roadway incident scene and how to select personnel suitable for this task. Encourage your crews to do the same.
  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module "The First 15 Minutes at Roadway Incidents" to understand the role of traffic control in initial response. Encourage your crews to do the same.
  • Review the Roadway Safety Teaching Topic Package "Setting Up a Traffic Incident Management Area," which provides an overview of the process, then discuss your department's corresponding SOPs with your crews. The lesson plan is available here: https://www.respondersafety.com/Resources/Roadway-Safety-Teaching-Topic-Packages-For-Instructors.aspx
  • Speak to leadership if your crews are not yet adequately prepared to set up traffic control at every incident and discuss how to remedy the situation.

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

  • Play the TIM in a Minute video, "Setting Up a Traffic Incident Management Area" during a safety break, roll call, or shift change to reinforce the how to properly set up temporary traffic control at a roadway incident scene.
  • Watch the Responder Safety Learning Network program, "LODDs on the Roadway: Safety Lessons Learned" to explore the importance of traffic control in maintaining safety at the roadway incident scene.
  • Share at least one of the case studies from this module with your department.
  • Make a list of action items for your department to address any findings from these case studies that correspond to deficiencies in your department's policies, procedures, and training.

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Review your department's SOPs for advance warning and blocking procedures/safe parking/positioning.
  • Compare your SOPs to the procedures recommended in the Responder Safety Learning Network programs "Advance Warning" and "Blocking Procedures at Roadway Incidents." Consider adjusting your SOPs if you identify any gaps.
  • Review your department's SOPs for advance warning and blocking procedures/safe parking/positioning with your officers and direct them to review the SOPs with their crews.

Fire Officers:

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

  • Download and distribute the ResponderSafety.com push card to help the public understand how to react to advance warning and blocking vehicles when they encounter them on the roadway. If you need printed copies, order them from cvvfarespondersafety@yahoo.com and list the following: Name, Address and Phone Number of Your agency as well as a contact person. Please advise how and where you intend to use the cards and the number requested.

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Review your department's SOPs for conducting manual traffic control.
  • Compare your SOPs to the procedures recommended in the Responder Safety Learning Network program "Safe Fire Service Traffic Control Practices". Consider adjusting your SOPs if you identify any gaps.
  • Review your department's SOPs for conducting manual traffic control with your officers and direct them to review the SOPs with their crews.
  • Review your department's training schedule to ensure that you are adequately training department members in manual traffic control who may be assigned this duty.

Fire Officers:

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Watch the ResponderSafety.com video "Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus & Ambulances."
  • Review your department's SOPs for backing up emergency vehicles and fire apparatus. Revise if necessary to conform to current recommended practices.
  • Direct the department's officers to review the backing up SOP with their crews.
  • Review your department's training schedule and ensure that all personnel receive training in backing up, including training specifically for spotters.

Fire Officers:

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:



Activities

Leadership:

  • Review your department's SOPs for termination of response at a roadway incident.
  • Compare your SOPs to the procedures recommended in the Responder Safety Learning Network program "Termination." Consider adjusting your SOPs if you identify any gaps.
  • Review your department's SOPs for termination with your officers and direct them to review the SOPs with their crews.
  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module "Fire Service Collaboration with Towing & Recovery Operations." In light of the module, review how your department can improve its relationships with towers in your area, particularly in terms of safety and providing protection.

Fire Officers:

  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module, "Termination" and encourage your crews to do the same.
  • Review your department's termination SOP with your crews.

Training Officers and Instructors:

Safety Officers:

  • Play the Roadway Safety Short video "How to Demobilize a TIMA" during a safety break, roll call, or shift change to reinforce how to properly conduct manual traffic control.

PIOs and Public Educators:

Frontline Responders:

  • Take the Responder Safety Learning Network module, "Termination" to learn more about how to properly demobilize a TIMA when response to an roadway incident has concluded.

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