The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has joined eight other North American fire service organizations to increase roadway safety awareness following several struck-by incidents this month. These incidents resulted in the deaths and injuries of firefighters, law enforcement officers and other responders.
Ten percent of firefighter fatalities in 2019 were from struck-by incidents. These kinds of incidents are preventable but will take increased awareness and education: for both the public and first responder personnel.
In the joint message, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) shares 10 tips for responding and operating on roadway and highway incidents. In addition, the organizations involved provide scene safety resources and training for first responders.
It should come as no surprise that incidents of distracted driving are increasing, partly due to the use of smartphones and other devices. Departments should strongly consider pushing safety messaging to drivers through social and regular media. USFA has a social media post available for both Facebook and Twitter. ResponderSafety.com offers both videos and public service announcements. You can also find a list of move over laws for each state and Canadian province on the Automobile Association of America website.
First responder agencies and others who work roadway operations need to be proactive to prevent future struck-by injuries and deaths.
Slow Down, Move Over social outreach
Share this card on your social media accounts to make motorists aware that they need to move over for emergency responders.