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Ohio QuickClear Professional Responders Guide for Safe and Effective Highway Incident Management Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Annual Conference July 22.

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1 Ohio QuickClear Professional Responders Guide for Safe and Effective Highway Incident Management Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Annual Conference July 22 & 23, 2006

2 Ohio QuickClear Alan L. Phillips Emergency Response Coordinator – Highway Operations – Ohio Department of Transportation Phone: or Fax:

3 Ohio QuickClear Ohio QuickClear Committee AAA Ohio Buckeye State Sheriffs Association Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Ohio Department of Public Safety Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Ohio Fire Chiefs Association Ohio Fire Marshalls Office Ohio Trucking Association Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio

4 Ohio QuickClear 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.

5 Ohio QuickClear Video Clip

6 Ohio QuickClear Incidents Happen

7 Ohio QuickClear Freeway Management System

8 Ohio QuickClear History Growing concern about crashes and traffic congestion Growing concern about crashes and traffic congestion Formed in August 2002 by Directors of the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Transportation Formed in August 2002 by Directors of the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Transportation

9 Ohio QuickClear Introduction A study by FHWA shows that secondary incidents make up roughly 20% of all incidents A study by FHWA shows that secondary incidents make up roughly 20% of all incidents In 2004, traffic-related deaths among officers in the line of duty made up 48% of the total deaths of officers for that year In 2004, traffic-related deaths among officers in the line of duty made up 48% of the total deaths of officers for that year

10 Ohio QuickClear Introduction QuickClear 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 Ohio QuickClear Objective - Safety Safety Safety Of emergency response personnel Of emergency response personnel Of victims Of victims Of other motorists Of other motorists Secondary CrashesSecondary Crashes Crashes that occur as a result of previous incident Crashes that occur as a result of previous incident Each freeway traffic crash increases the risk of a secondary crash by 600% Each freeway traffic crash increases the risk of a secondary crash by 600%

12 Ohio QuickClear Objective - Safety

13 Ohio QuickClear Objective - Congestion More than half of all congestion is caused by incidents More than half of all congestion is caused by incidents Each minute of closure results in eight minutes of congestion delay Each minute of closure results in eight minutes of congestion delay

14 Ohio QuickClear Objective - Congestion If three lanes are blocked for two hours causing a four mile backup, over $1,000,000 will be lost If three lanes are blocked for two hours causing a four mile backup, over $1,000,000 will be lost Congestion costs a large city 930 million dollars, 55.5 million hours of delay and 34.5 million gallons of fuel each year Congestion costs a large city 930 million dollars, 55.5 million hours of delay and 34.5 million gallons of fuel each year

15 Ohio QuickClear Pictures of Incidents

16 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency All Agencies Contact appropriate personnelContact appropriate personnel Coordinate plans with each other Coordinate plans with each other Cooperation among agencies Cooperation among agencies

17 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency All Agencies Each incident is unique in its character and hazards. Each incident is unique in its character and hazards. Continued re-assessment of each scene is imperative. Continued re-assessment of each scene is imperative. Any time it is possible to open a lane, even temporarily, it should be done. Any time it is possible to open a lane, even temporarily, it should be done.

18 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency Fire and EMS Traffic control methods Traffic control methods Coordination with other agencies when possible Coordination with other agencies when possible Effective training Effective training Effective communication Effective communication Incident Commander Incident Commander Safety Safety

19 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency Law Enforcement Traffic controlTraffic control Salvage recovery Salvage recovery Coordination Coordination With FireWith Fire With TransportationWith Transportation Scene assessment Scene assessment Incident Command System Incident Command System

20 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency Transportation Agencies Safe and efficient roads Safe and efficient roads Develop response protocols for freeway closures Develop response protocols for freeway closures ODOT Playbook ODOT Playbook Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Real-time photo images Real-time photo images Incident Command System Incident Command System

21 Ohio QuickClear 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.

22 Ohio QuickClear ODOT Activities - ARTIMIS

23 Ohio QuickClear ODOT Activities – Columbus FMS

24 Ohio QuickClear ODOT Activities – Playbook

25 Ohio QuickClear Best Practices by Agency Towing and Recovery Pre-qualification Pre-qualification Proper training Proper training Safety first Safety first Restore travel lanes when possible Restore travel lanes when possible

26 Ohio QuickClear 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 Ohio QuickClear Disabled or Abandoned Vehicles On average, 450 shoulder collisions happen each year On average, 450 shoulder collisions happen each year Limit time vehicles remain on the freeway shoulder Limit time vehicles remain on the freeway shoulder FSP FSP Disabled vehicle re-location Minor repairs to re-locate vehicle

28 Ohio QuickClear Driver Opportunities Adopt Steer It and Clear It

29 Ohio QuickClear Secondary Crash Example

30 Ohio QuickClear Coordination – Pre-Incident Transportation agencies Transportation agencies Develop diversion routes Have equipment on hand to handle traffic Review and update plans periodically All agencies All agencies Meet regularly to improve best practices and policies

31 Ohio QuickClear Incident Command Communicate with transportation agencies in the incident command structure Communicate with transportation agencies in the incident command structure Request proper towing equipment in a timely manner Request proper towing equipment in a timely manner Provide regular updates to the media Provide regular updates to the media Coordinate with TMC staff in urban areas with FMS Coordinate with TMC staff in urban areas with FMS

32 Ohio QuickClear Major Incident Review Review previous results Review previous results Communicate to ensure previous conflicts are avoided Communicate to ensure previous conflicts are avoided

33 Ohio QuickClear Alan L. Phillips Emergency Response Coordinator – Highway Operations – Ohio Department of Transportation Phone: or Fax:

34 Ohio QuickClear Questions


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