Presentation on theme: "Ohio QuickClear Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Annual Conference"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ohio QuickClear Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Annual Conference July 22 & 23, 2006Ohio QuickClearProfessional Responders Guide for Safe and Effective Highway Incident Management
2 Alan L. PhillipsEmergency Response Coordinator – Highway Operations – Ohio Department of TransportationPhone: or Fax:
3 Ohio QuickClear Committee AAA OhioBuckeye State Sheriff’s AssociationOhio Association of Chiefs of PoliceOhio Department of Public SafetyOhio Department of TransportationOhio Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Fire Chief’s AssociationOhio Fire Marshall’s OfficeOhio Trucking AssociationTowing and Recovery Association of Ohio
4 Mission Statement“Committed to maintaining the safe and effective flow of traffic during emergencies as to prevent further damage, injury or undue delay of the motoring public.”
8 History Growing concern about crashes and traffic congestion Formed in August 2002 by Directors of the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Transportation
9 IntroductionA study by FHWA shows that secondary incidents make up roughly 20% of all incidentsIn 2004, traffic-related deaths among officers in the line of duty made up 48% of the total deaths of officers for that year
10 IntroductionQuickClear is the coordination of response agencies to preserve the safety of crash victims, incident responders, and other motorists while reducing the impact and duration of incidents
11 Objective - Safety Safety Secondary Crashes Of victims Of emergency response personnelOf victimsOf other motoristsSecondary CrashesCrashes that occur as a result of previous incidentEach freeway traffic crash increases the risk of a secondary crash by 600%
13 Objective - Congestion More than half of all congestion is caused by incidentsEach minute of closure results in eight minutes of congestion delay
14 Objective - Congestion If three lanes are blocked for two hours causing a four mile backup, over $1,000,000 will be lostCongestion costs a large city 930 million dollars, 55.5 million hours of delay and 34.5 million gallons of fuel each year
15 Pictures of IncidentsThe picture on the left shows a 75 car pileup in Atlanta, GA
16 Best Practices by Agency All AgenciesContact appropriate personnelCoordinate plans with each otherCooperation among agencies
17 Best Practices by Agency All AgenciesEach incident is unique in its character and hazards.Continued re-assessment of each scene is imperative.Any time it is possible to open a lane, even temporarily, it should be done.
18 Best Practices by Agency Fire and EMSTraffic control methodsCoordination with other agencies when possibleEffective trainingEffective communicationIncident CommanderSafety
19 Best Practices by Agency Law EnforcementTraffic controlSalvage recoveryCoordinationWith FireWith TransportationScene assessmentIncident Command System
20 Best Practices by Agency Transportation AgenciesSafe and efficient roadsDevelop response protocols for freeway closuresODOT PlaybookFreeway Service Patrol (FSP)Real-time photo imagesIncident Command System
21 Freeway Service Patrol Freeway service patrol programs that enlist full-time support reduce incident duration by 15 to 30 percent over programs with part-time staff.
25 Best Practices by Agency Towing and RecoveryPre-qualificationProper trainingSafety firstRestore travel lanes when possible
26 Improved Incident Management Adopting best practices at the local level can reduce the risk of traffic incidents, reduce incident duration and restore traffic flow as quickly as possible. It will also SAVE LIFES OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE MOTORING PUBLIC!
27 Disabled or Abandoned Vehicles On average, 450 shoulder collisions happen each yearLimit time vehicles remain on the freeway shoulderFSPDisabled vehicle re-locationMinor repairs to re-locate vehicle
28 Driver OpportunitiesAdopt “Steer It and Clear It”
30 Coordination – Pre-Incident Transportation agenciesDevelop diversion routesHave equipment on hand to handle trafficReview and update plans periodicallyAll agenciesMeet regularly to improve best practices and policies
31 Incident CommandCommunicate with transportation agencies in the incident command structureRequest proper towing equipment in a timely mannerProvide regular updates to the mediaCoordinate with TMC staff in urban areas with FMS
32 Major Incident Review Review previous results Communicate to ensure previous conflicts are avoided
33 Alan L. PhillipsEmergency Response Coordinator – Highway Operations – Ohio Department of TransportationPhone: or Fax:
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