White Papers

White papers typically present background information to help you understand specific issues in traffic control and traffic incident management. Some white papers explain an organization’s or individual’s position on a particular issue and provide facts to support that position in a reasoned argument. Other white papers propose a solution to a problem and explain how that solution was devised.

2020 Helmets and Head Protection Survey

In 2020, ERSI , conducted a nationwide survey of over 899 fire service and EMS personnel to gather their opinions regarding helmet use at roadway incidents.

Upload Date: 1/28/2021


Best Practices to Minimize Injuries and Deaths While Using a POV for Responses

To prevent injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving POV responses.

Upload Date: 9/14/2015


Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association National Fire Police Summit- March 6 & 7, 1999

Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association National Fire Police Summit- March 6 & 7, 1999

Upload Date: 9/21/2020

Categories: White Papers | Reports

Hardening Blocking Vehicles for Traffic Incidents and Planned Special Events

This report summarizes a workshop convened during the 2018 National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week on how to harden blocking vehicles to protect responders and the public.

Upload Date: 4/2/2019


Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highway: A Ten Year Review by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute

This document looks at the progress on implementing recommendations from “Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways: A White Paper by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association” in the ten years since the original summit convened and makes additional recommendations for the continuing effort to reduce the incidence of secondary incidents.

Upload Date: 3/27/2011

Categories: White Papers | Reports

Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways: A White Paper by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association

This document presents recommendations from a highway responder summit (and subsequent panel review) chaired by the CVVFA that looked into the scope, causes, and potential solutions to the problem of secondary incidents at highway response scenes. The recommendations in this document fall under five major subject headings -- training, operations, human resources, public education, and legislation/regulation/research/standards.

Upload Date: 5/7/2008

Categories: White Papers | Reports

Study of Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways and Operation of Emergency Vehicles

A Review of First Responder Agencies Who Have Adopted Emergency Lighting and Vehicle Conspicuity Technology. *A new draft and been issued on June 12, 2019 with two corrections on page 27.*

Upload Date: 6/12/2019


The Past, Present, and Future of Responder Safety at Roadway Incidents

This paper summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute during the 2018 National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to envision the future of roadway incident response safety and traffic incident management and as a Twenty Year Review of the original 1999 White Paper "Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highway".

Upload Date: 4/17/2019

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