Resources

Below are safety resources provided by ResponderSafety.com. To see the resources for a given topic, select that topic. Download the resource by clicking on its title. Some resources are in PDF format and require a reader. Download Acrobat Reader here.

These resources are provided for you to freely use and distribute, provided you include the following credit "Source: CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute ResponderSafety.Com." Any distribution of these resources must be done free of charge and condition. By downloading any of these resources, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to these terms.
Categories
This resource guide provides visual examples of high-visibility marking schemes applied to the rear and sides of a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, pickup trucks, utility truck vehicles, SUVs, vans, box-type trucks, and large service vehicles.
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
This resource guide provides visual examples of high-visibility marking schemes applied to the rear and sides of a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, pickup trucks, utility truck vehicles, SUVs, vans, box-type trucks, and large service vehicles. This is the handicapped accessible version of the PDF format of this document.
Adobe PDF File
This downloadable video program is a short version of the Blocking Procedures at Roadway Incidents module on the Responder Safety Learning Network.
MP4 Video
This report from the National Fire Protection Association summarizes the data for on-duty deaths of fire-police officers from 1991-2010, including demographic characteristics, nature of injury, and type of duty. Further detail on the specifics of some incidents is also presented.
Adobe PDF File
This report from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute details the findings of a panel convened to review typical functions performed by emergency responders at roadway incidents in an effort to develop a set of job performance requirements for the job functions critical to safe emergency operations at roadway incidents. This report discusses the process utilized, outlines the specific job performance requirements for critical positions assigned to emergency responders and provides guidance on the use of the requirements by potential users and training organizations.
Adobe PDF File
This ResponderSafety.Com reference card diagrams the layout of a Traffic Incident Management Area and provides important traffic management details, including incident magnitude definitions, TIMA area lengths based on posted speed limit, and an Emergency Responder Checklist for crucial roadway response actions.
Adobe PDF File
This poster, suitable for EMS and fire departments to hang in their stations, reinforces safety practices when operating on the roadway.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Safety Education Materials  |  Training
This document from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association is the Instructor Manual for the course “Managing Emergency Incidents on the Roadway.” This program was developed to provide emergency services leaders and instructors with information and tools on traffic incident management that they can use to train other emergency responders in there departments or agencies. This Manual includes both classroom management information, full speaker’s notes for the training presentation, and a tabletop exercise.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association assists public safety agencies in developing traffic control training programs. Topics addressed include policy development, qualifications, performance objectives, recruitment, content development, implementation, and examples of successful model programs.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Training
This document summarizes the 18 Strategies in the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.
Adobe PDF File
This document provides additional, detailed explanation for each of the 18 Strategies in the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.
Adobe PDF File
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.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Reports  |  White Papers
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.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  White Papers  |  Reports
This document is a model SOP/SOG to use as a “go by” when formulating your departments’ SOP/SOG on safe position of apparatus while operating on or near the roadway.
Microsoft Word Document
This reference card illustrates the different classes of vehicles and lists the needed vehicle details to ensure that communications with a towing and recovery company are accurate and thus the correct tow truck type is dispatched for the vehicle needing assistance.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Safety Education Materials  |  Training
This reference card lists the safe standoff distances for different improvised explosive devices, vehicles potentially carrying explosives and/or improvised explosive devices, and LPG tank sizes.
Microsoft Word Document
This guide from the Federal Highway Administration introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) to stakeholders who may be called upon to provide specific expertise, assistance, or material dur¬ing highway incidents but who may be largely unfamiliar with ICS organization and operations. Topics covered include the ICS organizational structure, unified command, advance planning and coordination, and implementation.
Adobe PDF File
This manual, developed in Nova Scotia, Canada, presents guidelines for traffic management, including setup of the emergency traffic control zone, vehicle positioning, traffic control device placement, and incident command setup.
Adobe PDF File
This report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides guidance to local-level fire departments on compliance with the Department of Transportation’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium’s (NFSIMSC’s) Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents. This document details incident case studies, describes equipment to improve highway safety, shows how to set up a safe traffic incident management area, explains incident command for highway incidents, and lists best practices and other sources of information on effective highway incident operations.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Reports  |  Traffic Incident Management
This document is a model SOP to use as a “go by” when formulating your department’s SOP on the use of safety apparent while working in or near moving traffic.
Microsoft Word Document
Categories:  SOP's / SOG's  |  High Visibility PPE
This document is a model SOG to use as a “go by” when formulating your department’s SOG for cone, flare, or sign deployment at traffic-related incidents.
Microsoft Word Document
This document provides uniform operational guidelines to ensure safe operations by emergency responders dispatched to incidents on limited access highways in the State of New Jersey. These guidelines identify vehicle safe positioning, common general safety, and onsite practices for all emergency responders.
Adobe PDF File
This chart summarizes the Move Over laws in U.S. states, with code citations and links to full text of code where available. Courtesy of AAA.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Reports  |  Slow Down, Move Over Laws
This color-coded map indicates the U.S. states with Move Over laws. Courtesy of AAA.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Reports  |  Slow Down, Move Over Laws
This statement presents the position of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute on the use of temporary traffic signs for advance warning at roadway incidents.
Adobe PDF File
This reference card from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute illustrates the accepted highway lane numbering system and nomenclature for describing roadways in consistent terms.
Adobe PDF File
This handbook from the Federal Highway Administration includes the latest advances in TIM programs and practices across the country, and offers practitioners insights into the latest innovations in TIM tools and technologies, including strategic, tactical, and support elements.
Adobe PDF File
This trifold brochure summarizes the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management, how it was developed, what organizations were involved in developing it. Detail on the strategies is not included in this document.
Adobe PDF File
This document answers Frequently Asked Questions about need for and development of the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.
Adobe PDF File
This document provides talking points for speakers presenting the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.
Microsoft Word Document
This bookmark publicizes the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management and its strategies.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition provides a common terminology for use by responders during traffic incidents when identifying the location of the incident and the preferred position for arriving response vehicles and equipment. The document encourages response agencies to adopt this common terminology.
Adobe PDF File
This paper from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition summarizes currently available information about the benefits of Traffic Incident Management (TIM), including congestion relief, economic savings, energy conservation and environmental benefits, public health and safety improvements, reduced mortality and morbidity, increased responder safety, reduced public safety personnel requirements, and increased customer satisfaction. The document also discusses ways to measure these benefits.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition provides a framework for improving incident communications, including response planning, incident notification protocols, public advisories, emergency routing, CAD-ITS integration, and emerging communications technologies.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition reviews available data on responder fatalities that occurred while working on the roadways and suggests strategies to reduce the incidence of these fatalities.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition proposes strategies to achieve safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition reviews examples of traffic incident management (TIM) strategies to build stronger state TIM programs. These strategies include interagency strategic planning, statewide best practices guidelines, stronger working partnerships between agencies, performance goals, and workable TIM organizational structures. The document also summarizes example state and local TIM programs.
Adobe PDF File
This document from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition provides basic information about what happens in traffic incident response. This information is intended for use in public education campaigns.
Adobe PDF File
This report summarizes the data on fatal occupational injuries in the year 2005, covering all occupational groups. Fatal highway accidents were the most frequent type of fatal workplace event. Data is broken down in several ways, including by type of incident, by industry, by occupation, by demographics, and by State. Multiple full data tables are presented.
Text File
These guidelines were established to provide incident responders in the state of New York a uniform approach to emergency traffic control and scene management. The guidelines include incident response priorities, incident classification, responder safety, responder vehicles, establishing the traffic incident management area, staging, breakdown, and investigation.
Adobe PDF File
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is a compilation of national standards for all traffic control devices, including road markings, highway signs, and traffic signals. The MUTCD is used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic.
Adobe PDF File
This document is a recommended example of a traffic control professional equipment list. It was provided by the Adams Area Fire District.
Adobe PDF File
Following a brief literature review, this research project conducted a comparison of the different flares and related traffic control devices in order to identify and examine alternative highway flare systems utilizing chemical or electric sources of energy to determine their suitability and visibility.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Advance Warning  |  Reports
This document is a list of recommended equipment for a traffic control professional.
Adobe PDF File
This standard identifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) necessary to perform traffic incident management duties at emergency scenes on or near an active roadway." Also, the document type is not a PDF, but that's a smaller issue if it has to stay that way.
Adobe PDF File
This 2004 Staff Study Report documents the work to date of the Law Enforcement Stops and Safety Subcommittee. It includes technology, practices, and research related to improving officer safety and preventing police vehicle crashes. Recommendations are included at the end of each section of the re¬port as benchmarks against which to measure future successes to improve the safety of police vehicles, highway environment and design, and traffic stop practices.
Adobe PDF File
This video is a 30 second public service announcement encouraging the public to slow down and move over when they see responders working on the roadway. The format available here is WMV for PC. For other versions, including QuickTime for Mac, please visit the "Slow Down Move Over" PSA page: http://www.respondersafety.com/SDMO.aspx
MP4 Video
This video is a 30 second public service announcement reminding the public that responders are doing hard and dangerous work to keep roads safer and that they should slow down and give responders room to work safely. The format available here is WMV for PC. For other versions, including QuickTime for Mac, please visit the "It's No Picnic Out Here" PSA page: http://www.respondersafety.com/NoPicnic.aspx
Windows Media Video
This video shows examples high visibility markings on fire, EMS, and police vehicles, including products for retrofitting fire apparatus built before to the NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus went into effect in 2009. The format available here is WMV for PC. For other versions, including QuickTime for Mac, please visit the "Marked and Seen" page: http://www.respondersafety.com/MarkedAndSeen.aspx
Windows Media Video
This video makes plain the dangers of working on the roadway, the grave reality of line of duty deaths occurring on the roadway, and explains the “ten cones of highway safety” for responders to practice to work more safely on the road.
MP4 Video
This report, produced in partnership between the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), analyzes emergency vehicle visibility and conspicuity with an eye toward expanding efforts in these areas to improve vehicle and roadway operations safety for all emergency responders. Emphasis in this report is placed on passive visibility/conspicuity treatments. Key finidings include additional research on emergency vehicle visibility and conspicuity in the United States, with particular emphasis on the interaction between civilian drivers and emergency vehicles during responses and on incident scenes.
Adobe PDF File
Through synthesis of current research on highway work zone safety with input from participants in a December 1998 workshop, this document offers measures that contractors, agencies, policymakers, manufacturers, law enforcement, and the research community can take to reduce occupational injuries in highway work zones.
Adobe PDF File
This alert describes the hazards facing fire fighters working along roadways, presents two case studies, and lists recommendations for prevention of struck bys.
Adobe PDF File
This Power Point program provides training for responders on the first arriving apparatus at a highway incident. The first 15 minutes of an incident often sets the tone for the entire response. Learn how practices such as “windshield size up” can make the scene safer.
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
A full operations level training program that may be taught in modules. Suggested presenters should be at least a level one instructor. Suggested teaching time is 4 hours total.
ZIP file
The purpose of this guideline is to outline proper safety practices to be used when backing Fire Department vehicles and maneuvering in close-quarters situations.
Microsoft Word Document
Categories:  SOP's / SOG's  |  Training
Career Fire Fighter Dies When Backed Over While Spotting an Apparatus - New Jersey
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Line of Duty Deaths (LODD)  |  Reports
The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) and their Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) developed this manual and the accompanying online-based training course for first responders and other personnel who respond to roadway incident scenes. In the initial minutes of a roadway incident, responders often find themselves operating in moving traffic at great peril.
Adobe PDF File
This presentation is an excerpt from the University of Extrication “Safe Parking” highway safety program by Ron Moore, Battalion Chief, McKinney, TX FD. The segment in this presentation addresses the issue of proper PPE for responders working in or near moving traffic.
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  High Visibility PPE
Traffic Incident Management Area (TIMA)
Adobe PDF File
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.
Adobe PDF File
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".
Adobe PDF File
This report details the history of how the current fire apparatus lighting standards were developed, summarizes the last 20 years of research on emergency lighting, and has the results of a study done in May 2019 specifically addressing what changes should be made to fire apparatus lighting standards in response to the change to LED lighting.
Adobe PDF File
Current Fatality Stats as of 09-17-2020
Adobe PDF File
Erie County Sobriety Checkpoint Traffic Control Zone Set-Up & Safety Worksheet
Adobe PDF File
Erie County Sobriety Checkpoint Planning Worksheet
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  Training  |  Safety Education Materials
Following each JPR in this standard that is related to emergency responders working on the roadway, you will find a list of ResponderSafety Learning Network modules whose content supports that JPR.
Adobe PDF File
Following each JPR in this standard that is related to emergency responders working on the roadway, you will find a list of ResponderSafety Learning Network modules whose content supports that JPR.
Adobe PDF File
Following each JPR in this standard that is related to emergency responders working on the roadway, you will find a list of ResponderSafety Learning Network modules whose content supports that JPR.
Adobe PDF File
Following each JPR in this standard that is related to emergency responders working on the roadway, you will find a list of ResponderSafety Learning Network modules whose content supports that JPR.
Adobe PDF File
Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association National Fire Police Summit- March 6 & 7, 1999
Adobe PDF File
Categories:  White Papers  |  Reports