Highway scene safety by Leslie J. Greenwood

By Leslie J. Greenwood

Perform secure approaches whilst responding to street incidents with road SCENE defense. A useful studying device for emergency reaction protection classes or as a convenient reference handbook for the sphere, this e-book makes a speciality of operational instructions essential to undertaking potent street administration whereas at the scene of the incident. Emphasizing the necessity to lessen line of accountability deaths for all emergency responders, this publication covers pre-planning, the nationwide incident command process, governing legislation, interagency communications, own protecting garments, roadway concerns and different issues required for a secure reaction.

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Determining TTC Zones Setting up a TTC zone is critical. Responders must take into consideration where on the roadway to set up this area. One place would be on a straightaway. The preferred method of placing the blocker vehicle to create a greater blocking area is to angle the vehicle. CHAPTER 2: Traffic Management 33 Placing the staging area at the end of the incident gives easy access for EMS to package patients and leave with virtually no disruption to the traffic flow. Scene Documentation Refer to Appendix C for a checklist of items needed to make a scene safe and to provide accountability.

CHAPTER 2: Traffic Management Figure 2-5 Landing of Helicopter and Placement of LZ is Important Prior to Landing. Medivac Helicopters In addition to the other areas to be determined at a roadway incident is what to do with Medivac helicopters coming to the scene. The normal operating procedure has been to close the roadway and land the helicopter. However, the roadway may not be the safest place to land. Responders should consider landing helicopters in predesignated landing areas, such as alongside an expressway.

Consideration is for vehicle and movement speeds of less than 25 mph (see Figure 2-11A). • Type II: This type is for roadway construction workers, utility workers, survey crews, railway workers, forestry, parking, package handling, emergency workers, law enforcement, and accident scene investigators. Consideration is given to vehicles and movements of speeds greater than 25 mph and that have close proximity to vehicles; inclement weather is also considered (see Figure 2-11B). • Type III: This type is for workers exposed to significantly higher vehicle speeds and reduced sight distances.

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