Presentation on theme: "Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Scene Safety"— Presentation transcript:
1Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Scene Safety The International Association of Fire FightersDivision of Occupational Health, Safety & Medicinein conjunction with theU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityUnited States Fire AdministrationThis project was developed through a Cooperative Agreement (EME-2004-CA-0188) between the Department of Homeland Security,United States Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
2Section 4: Roadway Scene Safety After completing this section, the fire fighterwill be able to:1. Explain the hazards associated with working on roadway incident scenes.2. Describe the terms “surface streets” and “highways.”3. List the three primary concerns when determining where to park the apparatus on a roadway emergency scene.
3Section 4: Roadway Scene Safety 4. Describe the safety principles for positioning fire apparatus on surface streets.5. Describe the safety principles for positioning fire apparatus on highways.6. Describe the purpose of the MUTCD and how it applies to emergency responders.7. List the three main goals of emergency traffic control (ETC) as outlined in the MUTCD.
4Section 4: Roadway Scene Safety 8. Explain the five main parts of Section 6i of the MUTCD.9. Explain the MUTCD requirements for performing size-up at a roadway incident scene.10. Describe the main parts of a traffic incident management area as outlined in the MUTCD.11. Explain the effective use of emergency vehicle lighting at roadway incident scenes.
5Section 4: Roadway Scene Safety 12. List the requirements for proper protective clothing to be worn at roadway incident scenes.13. List at least 6 agencies, other than the fire service, that may have official duties at a roadway incident scene.14. Describe how the various agencies that respond to roadway incidents can work together effectively.
6Case Study 10 –Midwest City, OK (IAFF Local 2066)
7Case Study 10 – Lessons Learned Fire apparatus should be positioned in a manner that makes them highly visible to approaching traffic and which protects the incident scene and personnel from being struck by oncoming vehicles.Fire departments must implement and enforce effective policies for operating as safely as possible at roadway emergency scenes.
8Roadway Scene Hazards Careless or impaired drivers Hazardous road conditionsLarge volumes of trafficAltered traffic patternsMidwest City, OK Local 2066
10Highways Interstates Turnpikes Beavercreek, OH Local 2857
11Concerns for Parking Apparatus At Roadway Scenes 1. Park in a manner that reduces the chance of being struck by oncoming traffic.2. Park in a manner that shields fire fighters and the work area from oncoming traffic.3. Park in a location that allows for effective deployment of equipment and resources to handle the incident.
12Parking Position Will Vary Depending On: The type of incidentThe type of roadThe surroundings at which the emergency scene is located
13Basic Surface Street Positioning Principles Park off the roadway when possibleClose the roadway to moving traffic when possibleDo not block the access for later arriving emergency vehicles
14Basic Surface Street Positioning Principles Use the apparatus to shield the scene/work areaShield the patient loading area on EMS callsDo not park on railroad tracksPlace pump panel opposite of moving trafficPlano, TX Local 2149
15Case Study 11 – Chicago, IL (IAFF Local 2) Truck 27 dispatched for assistance/blocking at an MVC on an expresswayTwo police cars provide additional blocking downstreamLieutenant checks left side of apparatus to ensure all tools are stowed at conclusion of original incident
16Case Study 11 – Chicago, IL (IAFF Local 2) DUI driver attempts to slip by stopped trafficVehicle strikes tractor-trailer and spins out of controlLieutenant struck and pinned between vehicle and Truck 27Lieutenant is fatally injured
17Case Study 11 – Chicago, IL (IAFF Local 2) Lessons learned:Fire fighters operating at roadway incident scenes should not place themselves between apparatus or other barriers and oncoming traffic.
18Highway Scene Difficulties Stopped trafficLong distancesbetween exitsor turnaroundsMay need to proceed against the normal flow of trafficBeavercreek, OH Local 2857
19Use of Warning Devices During Highway Responses Many departments turn warning devices off when driving on highwaysApparatus may be slower than the other vehiclesLights and sirens may cause other vehicles to slow and impede or endanger the responseTurn appropriate lights back on once the scene is reached
20Close At Least One Lane Next To The Incident McKinney, TX Local 4017
21Shielding With Apparatus Place apparatus between traffic and work areaPark apparatus at a 45º angle, with front wheels turned away from the work areaBeavercreek, OH Local 2857
22Shielding With Apparatus Park additional apparatus at 150 to 200 foot intervals
23Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) States are required to adopt this by federal lawSection 6i – The Control of Traffic Through Incident Management Areas.This applies to all incidents fire fighters encounter on or near the roadway.
24The 3 Main Goals Of Emergency Traffic Control 1. Improving responder safety on the incident scene.2. Keeping traffic flowing as smoothly as possible.3. Preventing the occurrence of secondary crashes.Plano, TX Local 2149
25MUTCD Section 6I General Major Traffic Incidents Intermediate Traffic IncidentsMinor Traffic IncidentsUse of Emergency Vehicle Lighting
26MUTCD Size-Up Requirements Must be performed within 15 minutes of arrival of first emergency responderDetermine the magnitude of the incidentDetermine the estimated time duration that the roadway will be blocked or affectedDetermine the expected length of the vehicle queue (back-up) that will occur
27The 4 Parts of a TIMAThe advance warning area that tells motorists of the situation aheadThe transition area where lane changes/closures are madeThe activity area where responders are operatingThe incident termination area where normal flow of traffic resumes.
28Incident Management Area Parts of a TrafficIncident Management Area
29Emergency Lighting at Roadway Incidents Intended for the safety of responders and motoristsProvides only warning, but no traffic controlMay be confusing/blinding to motorists, especially at nightMcKinney, TX Local 4017
30Important!Pennsylvania State PoliceIs safer to divert traffic with advanced placement of signs and cones rather than relying on warning lights and vehicles.
31Roadway Scene Lighting Tips Turn off all forward-facing or otherwise blinding lightsConsider using only amber lighting at nightPlano, TX Local 2149
32High Visibility Markings Arlington, TX Local 1329McKinney, TX Local 4017
33Floodlighting Nighttime Roadway Scenes Raise and deploy in a non-blinding manner for motorists.Direct them down on the scene.McKinney, TX Local 4017
34Protective Clothing for Roadway Scenes Trim on firefighter turnouts is insufficientSOPs must require wearing approved protective vestsMust be both retroreflective and florescentPlano, TX Local 2149
35ANSI-Approved VestsClass I VestClass II VestClass III Outfit
36Other Agencies At Roadway Incidents EMSPoliceHighway or transportation officialsTowing and recovery operatorsKansas City, MO Local 42Pennsylvania DOTPennsylvania State Police
37Other Agencies At Roadway Incidents Haz mat clean-up organizationsPublic utility companiesMedical examinersAnimal control agenciesKansas City, MO Local 42
38Pre-Incident Planning for Roadway Incidents Makes incident operations more predictableMust include all participating agenciesMay lead to discovering previously unknown resources
39Phoenix FD/Arizona DPS Incident Engine 41 is dispatched to an injury collision on a freeway shoulderEngine 41 blocks shoulder and first lane to protect scene and patient loading areaDPS officer orders apparatus moved to shoulderAfter refusing the order, Engine 41 Captain is arrested
40Phoenix FD/Arizona DPS Incident After Engineer refuses to move apparatus, the police officer enters Engine 41 and moves it to the shoulderCommand officers are requested to the sceneE-41 Captain is released at the sceneOfficials meet later to resolve differences
41DOT Resources Increase scene safety Free emergency responders to handle incident detailsVirginia DOT
42DOT Patrol/Initial Response Units Virginia DOTUtah DOT
43DOT Resources For Long-Term Incidents Pennsylvania DOT