Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety

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Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

We are committed to reducing firefighter fatalities and injuries by helping to create a safer operational environment for emergency responders. The resources below contain best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.

Our latest report: Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014)

A study of public safety emergency vehicle and roadway operations

Public safety emergency vehicle and roadway operations study

Since the release of our publication “Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2004),” we have worked with many fire service organizations and the law enforcement community to increase emergency responder safety in this area. Our latest study report, “Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014),” consolidates the results of this work and provides best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.

Topics covered include:

  • Common crash causes and crash prevention.
  • The impact of vehicle design and maintenance on safety.
  • Internal and external factors for improving response-related safety.
  • Regulating emergency vehicle response and roadway scene safety.
  • Roadway incident scene safety.

Download "Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014)" PDF, 7.5 Mb | EPUB, 2 Mb

Project sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice, International Fire Service Training Association, U.S. Fire Administration

Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety resources

Educational programs

Studies and reports

Operations

Vehicle and responder visibility

Respondersafety.com

Free resources to help protect emergency responders at roadway incidents are available in the following topic areas:

Advance warning Blocking / Safe positioning
High visibility personal protective clothing High visibility vehicle markings
Highway lane designations Incident Command System and National Incident Management System
Line of duty deaths National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management
Professional qualifications / Performance standards Public education
Safety education materials “Slow Down, Move Over” laws
Standard operating procedures and guidelines “Struck By” incidents
Traffic incident management Training

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