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Practice safe procedures when responding to highway incidents with HIGHWAY SCENE SAFETY. A valuable learning tool for emergency response safety courses or as a handy reference manual for the field, this book focuses on operational guidelines necessary for conducting effective highway management while on the scene of the incident. Emphasizing the need to reduce line of duty deaths for all emergency responders, this book covers pre-planning, the national incident command system, governing laws, interagency communications, personal protective clothing, roadway considerations and other topics required for a safe response.
- OPERATIONS ON THE HIGHWAY – The book uses real life aspects to discuss how highway operations should be managed.
- FLAGGING OPERATIONS – An entire chapter is devoted to how, when, and where flagging operations should be conducted. This is knowledge an emergency responder needs to know to survive in the street.
- GOVERNING AND APPLICABLE LAWS: Discusses current laws regarding highway incidents, including D.O.T., Vehicle and Traffic, and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Device (MUTCD) Laws.
- NATIONAL INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM: The book addresses the National Incident Command System, and includes Command Structure, Planning, and Preparedness – all essential elements of the command system.
- AGENCY INTERACTIONS: Discussions evolve that stress the importance of working and planning with other agencies. This is essential when it comes to planning a highway incident.
- HIGHWAY OPERATIONS PITFALLS: Addresses some of the challenges of conducting operations on the highway, such as helicopter landings, blind curves, maintaining needs of stopped traffic, placement of signage and variable message boards.
- PROPER SIGNAGE: The book outlines specific colors which other books do not address.
- TYPES OF ROADWAYS: The book talks about types of roads, such as connector roads, interstate, local roads, and design of such and how traffic reacts to them.
- CHARTING AND OUTLINING THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCENE: Provides practical guidelines for outlining the traffic management scene on each type of roadway and each type of situation.
1. Historic Incidents.
2. Governing Laws, Rules, and Standards.
3. Understanding safety at highway incidents.
4. Vehicle and driver reactions on the roadways.
Part II: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT – THE HOW TO.
5. How does the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Device Manual work for us.
6. Fundamentals of Traffic Management.
7. Roadway Characteristics.
8. Setting the scene.
9. Proper Signage.
10. Personal Protective equipment.
Part III: FLAGGING OPERATIONS.
11. Why train in flagging operations?
12. Standardization of Flagging Methods.
13. Conducting proper flagging procedures.
14. Equipment needed for operations.
15. Communications needs.
16. What is a flagger emergencies?
Part IV: PREPLANNING CONSIDERATIONS.
17. Working with different organizations.
18. Conducting Planning Meetings.
19. Detour Considerations.
20. Helicopter Ops and considerations.
Part V: INCIDENT ORGANIZATION – QUICK DOWN AND DIRTY OF ICS.
21. What is the National Incident Management System?
22. How to implement ICS at Highway Incidents.
23. Model Examples.
24. Inter-agency cooperation – the four C's – consensus.
Part VI: APPARATUS CONSIDERATIONS.
25. Apparatus Designs.
26. Placement of Apparatus.
27. Lighting considerations.
Part VII: SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS.
28. Safety Officer Responsibilities.
29. Responder early warning.
30. Responders/Traffic Rehab.
31. Secondary Crashes.
32. Quick clearance policy.
Appendix A – Glossary of Terms.
Appendix B – Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices – Standard.
Appendix C – Incident Checklist.
Appendix D – ICS Forms.