Updated roadway manual aims to keep emergency responders safe

Emmitsburg, MD – The Traffic Incident Management Systems manual (.pdf file) has been updated for 2012 by a partnership of the U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

The updates provide the latest technical information and training guidance for fire and emergency service providers, as well as compliance information for the latest edition of FHWA’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Additionally, the partnership updates information on the following technology and practices:

  • Roadway safety vests and other personal protective equipment
  • Placement of roadway warning signs
  • Effective use of emergency vehicle warning lights
  • Roadway operations safety training

In related news, USFA on April 11 announced it will be conducting a new study aimed at identifying best practices for making emergency vehicles visible to approaching motorists.

Researchers will examine emergency vehicle markings, lighting and design, and will focus on emergency vehicles that are not covered by existing regulations, USFA said in a press release.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)