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USFA releases roadside safety guidelines

August 26, 2010

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The U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Fighters this week released new guidelines on improving the roadside safety of emergency responders.

Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety in the Emergency Services (large .pdf file) highlights results from a Department of Justice initiative to address common roadside hazards for fire service and law enforcement personnel. The report examines various case studies of incidents, addresses common causes and strategies to reduce hazards, and offers ways to safely and effectively manage roadway incidents.

According to the report, emergency vehicle response and roadside scene safety are two of the most dangerous areas for firefighters and law enforcement officers.

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