Integrating Roadway Safety into Community Risk Reduction Programs

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Emergency services respond to a wide range of calls for service, including medical emergencies, fires, vehicle crashes, natural disasters, rescues, spills, compromised utilities, and disabled vehicles. Today, only 4% of fire department calls are for fires.1 Fire departments respond to over 4,000,000 incidents a year on roadway properties. Two-thirds of roadway response calls by fire departments are for EMS or rescue responses.2 The most common type of police department call for service is response to a traffic-related event. Unsafe driving is a community risk that impacts all emergency services and we have the tools to mitigate it through education. Emergency responders are exposed to moving traffic as they assist the public at roadway incidents. Every emergency response agency has a community interest and self-interest in reducing roadway incidents. Yet Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs have often not diversified into roadway safety and safe driving practices. This module introduces roadway safety and safe driving practices that fire and life safety educators and all emergency services members who participate in public events can use to reduce the risk of roadway incidents in their communities. Topics covered include Move Over Slow Down, Move It (Steer it Clear It), passing an emergency scene safely, and distracted driving.

1Data is from: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Emergency-Responders/Fire-department-calls (For 2020: 36,416,000 fire department calls of which 1,388,500 were for "Fires" [this is 3.8% of the total number of calls]; no further breakdown or definition of "Fires" is in this chart.

2https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Emergency-responders/osFDRoadwayIncidents.pdf

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ResponderSafety.com and The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) are a project of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. The RSLN is an online training network delivering critical safety training for roadway incident responders. All training is free and delivered 24/7/365 on demand. The self-paced modules include critical components of roadway operations safety in an emergency situation, including: Advance Warning, Blocking, High Visibility, Traffic Control, Public Outreach, Incident Command, and more. Register online to get started.