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New training for emergency responders on PPE use at roadway incidents

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Emmitsburg, MD — A new training module from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute focuses on the use of personal protective equipment when responding to roadway incidents. 

The approximately one-hour, self-guided training covers PPE requirements, types of PPE, how to select PPE, and why it’s important to wear PPE consistently and correctly. It also provides users with additional resources.

More than 200 emergency responders working at roadway incidents were struck and killed by vehicles from 2019 to 2022, according to an ERSI press release. The institute cites a 2020 fire service survey in which respondents said working the scene of a roadway incident is more dangerous than working at a structural fire.

“Working at roadway incidents is hazardous, and PPE is a key factor in mitigating these risks,” the institute says.

The training, along with additional features, is available by signing up for a free account with ERSI’s Responder Safety Learning Network.

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