ERSI Launches

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute has launched a new nationwide database to collect detailed information about incidents on the roadway where emergency responders or their equipment were struck by a vehicle while operating at a scene. Available at using the platform, the database accepts reports from all roadway responders, including fire, law enforcement, EMS, fire police and special traffic units, safety service and freeway service patrols, departments of transportation, public works, and towing and recovery. The goal is to improve the voluntary reporting, tracking, and analysis of struck-by incident data to prevent future incidents.

Any roadway responder can report a struck-by incident to,whether that incident resulted in death, injury, or property damage. Reporting is anonymous with an option to provide contact information for follow up by The reporting form takes approximately 3-4 minutes to complete. All fields are optional so you can report as much as you know and skip what you don't. The site is mobile device responsive for easy reporting from the field or the station. All reports are welcome. ERSI wants as much data as possible on the continuing problem of secondary crashes and struck-by incidents at emergency scenes on the roadway.

"Every emergency responder knows struck-by incidents are a problem," said Steve Austin, project manager of, "We're living it every day. What we need to do is help others understand what we experience. We need our elected officials, project managers, and the public on board to help us create change through prioritization of this problem and funding solutions that get us to zero struck-by incidents. This data is going to help get us there, if emergency responders from every agency participate and submit reports. Documenting and analyzing the data will eventually help make us all safer out there."

Developing the database in cooperation with traffic incident management and responder safety experts took several months. The organizations who support include:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
  • National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)
  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)
  • Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA)
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • United States Fire Administration (USFA)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA)
  • National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

At this time, data collected will not be available to the general public but this capability may be available in the future. Research and press inquiries about the database should be directed to the contact form.

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