16 emergency responders have been killed in struck-by incidents in the first 3 months of 2022. Last year, 65 emergency responders were struck and killed while assisting others on roadways. An unknown number of others were injured.
You can help reduce these tragic incidents by sharing the “In Our Boots” public service announcements (PSAs) widely with the public in your community, through social media, local news outlets and community events.
Public education on safe driving practices is an essential component in reducing and eliminating roadway injuries to America's emergency responders. These PSAs feature personal messages from responders who survived struck-by incidents to motivate people to change their behavior when they drive, including avoiding emergency scenes, moving over and slowing down, and following traffic control instructions.
“In Our Boots” PSAs were developed by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a partner of the U.S. Fire Administration. For more public education resources on responder safety during emergency vehicle and roadway operations, visit ResponderSafety.com and review our resources on emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety.
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: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times