View From the Street

March 14, 2012 @ 9:15 – 11:30 am
1214 Volvo Parkway Greenbrier Library Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

The importance of meetings to discuss traffic incident Management at none emergency scenes cannot be over stated !!
Everyone Goes Home Advocates and Virginia State Police plan on attending meeting

Former Virginia Trooper Files Suit in Tractor-Trailer Wreck
Virginia: Towing Worker from “Cash’s Garage” Killed in Amherst County Wreck
Crossing guard killed

* Roundtable on Safety issues
* EGH Driving Emergency Vehicles
* EGH Seatbelt Pledge
* IAFF/IAFC Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative
* AASHTO – National Traffic Incident Management Coalition – Home

Objective 1 – Increase Responder Safety by Eliminating Struck-By Incidents and Fatalities

Advance Warning Sign

* Position of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute on the Use of Advance Warning Traffic Signs
The CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) endorses the use of temporary traffic signs for advance warning at roadway incidents.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500 – Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Programs currents calls for the use of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) compliant fluorescent and retro-reflective 48″ x 48″ signs stating “Emergency Scene Ahead” (with a directional arrow overlay). The recommended signs are fluorescent pink with black text as described in the 2009 Edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). ERSI recommends the use of “Emergency Scene Ahead” signs for any incidents that will last more than 30 minutes. ERSI recommends using the sign wording described in NFPA 1500.
ERSI believes it is unnecessary to have multiple early warning signs on fire apparatus, ambulances, and police cars or tow trucks. A single compliant sign is adequate for early traffic control at any type of emergency scene.
We support the use of additional signs and equipment for early warning that can be carried and deployed by DOT Service Patrols or Fire Police Traffic Units especially for incidents of over 30 minutes in duration. May 27, 2011
* Highway Lane Designations and Terminology (Sign in bottom of resource page)

* Virginia Highway Performance – Incident Duration
This is a measure of how long it takes to clear unplanned events, which affect traffic, from Virginia highways. This is not just a VDOT measure – all responders are included: State Police, Fire and Rescue, VDOT, etc. Only vehicle, tractor-trailer, or HAZMAT events are included (not congestion or traffic slowdowns).*
Hampton Roads last 13 Months – Tractor Trailer 151 min * Hazmat 474 min * Vehicle 55 min *

* 2011 Virginia Work Area Protection Manual
In the Unified Command ICS structure, all operations shall be directed by one person,
the Operations Section Chief, who controls tactical resources.

01 Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is the systematic, planned, and coordinated use of human, institutional, mechanical, and technical resources to reduce the duration and impact of incidents, and improve the safety of motorists, crash victims, and incident responders.

06 Firefighters or other emergency responders working within the right-of-way and engaged in emergency operations that directly expose them to flame, fire, heat, and/or hazardous materials shall wear retroreflective turn-out gear that is specified and regulated by other organizations, such as the National FireProtection Association. Once the incident is mitigated, first responders shall don approved high-visibility apparel in lieu of turnout gear.

* March 21/22 Newport News, VA FHWA & VDOT Advanced Traffic Incident Management Workshop
The Hampton Roads region’s roadway network is vulnerable to disruption from a number of events that involve traffic incidents, weather/nature, planned special events, construction, and threats to security. These events can cause severe degradations to mobility and significant impacts to both public safety and responder safety.
In recognition of the on-going need for transportation and public safety agencies to collaborate in all-hazards preparedness for traffic incidents and other emergencies.

* Enhanced reference markers are designed to save time in identifying locations of disabled
motorists to improve emergency response times to incidents. Enhanced reference markers Specific benefits of these markers include:
The I-95 Corridor Coalition Mile Marker and Ramp Designation Signing Study
• Faster emergency responses
• Faster traffic incident clearance
• Fewer crash related delays
• Fewer secondary crashes
* RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that 32 firms submitted responses to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Request for Information regarding the operation and integration of the state’s transportation operations centers. VDOT operates five centers across the commonwealth that monitor traffic conditions via cameras and other technology, providing traveler information on road conditions and coordinating congestion management and incident response

* RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will expand its Safety Service Patrol to provide traffic control and help clear incidents in the Richmond metro area. This vital public safety program, widely used in northern Virginia, Fredericksburg and Hampton Roads, will also include parts of Interstates 95, 64 and 295 in the Richmond region beginning in March. VDOT is working to expand this service in other parts of the state, such as the I-81 corridor, this spring.

* City of Virginia Beach ,Virginia Traffic Control Vehicle –
The vehicles are part of the police department, they are mostly staffed by volunteer community support personnel. Crews assist at vehicle accidents,
help transport police vehicles for maintenance, help with construction site traffic control, they help with disabled vehicles with minor maintenance.
Note : VDOT Safety Service Patrol is Interstates only — Virginia Beach has an idea for city streets

* Joint Statement from the IAFC, NFFF and NVFC on Suicide in the Fire Service

* 40 Portsmouth Virginia firefighters cancer

* Shift Safety Officers: what do they do?
Kenneth Pravetz , Battalion Chief
Health and Safety Officer ,Virginia Beach Fire Department

Safety officers are a great risk-management tool; next to good training and equipment these personnel are a critical component in any department’s attempt to control their injuries and losses. Many departments have incorporated shift safety officers into their organizations. These dedicated personnel are designated incident safety officers on emergency scenes. They report to the incident commander and assist in insuring safe management of the scene. They complete many tasks on scene to include, monitoring the structure, assisting with accountability, and act as an additional set of eyes looking at the broad picture. The safety officers do not focus on specific tasks but monitor the entire scene. They also monitor the personal protective equipment of the firefighters on scene. Their mere presence causes members to don their ppe appropriately.

The emergency scene is not the only place where safety officers pay off. The employees are available to conduct OSHA facility inspections, check equipment logs and inspect personal protective equipment. They are also critical in investigating injuries identifying the root causes and stopping the repeating patterns. They insure injured members get the appropriate treatment and assist with the initiation of the workers compensation process. They investigate equipment damage and report it to risk management. They teach health and safety related classes. They are fitness ambassadors and help to improve the fitness levels across the organization. The safety officers insure compliance with applicable standards and laws and keep the organization focused on safety.

Safety officers work. They are effective and organizations will see reduced losses and reduced injuries if they put safety officers in place.

* Regional traffic signal pre-emption coding plan
All HRTPO localities (Chesapeake,Portsmouth, Newport News, Norfolk,Hampton, Virginia Beach, Suffolk,Williamsburg, York County, Isle of Wight County ,JamesCity County,Gloucester)
Description of Project: This is an RSTP project to develop and execute a regional traffic signal pre-emption coding plan. A regional treatment of these systems, through allocating transponder code ranges by locality, would allow identification of appropriate users and lock out unauthorized users.
Project Need: At present, individuals can buy transponders on the Internet and use them to pre-empt intersections. This unauthorized/ non-emergency use can cause considerable back-ups in daily traffic. The solution is o program intersections to respond only to vehicles with appropriate identification numbers in a given range.
In February 2009 the HRTO group voted to approve a regional traffic signal preemption coding scheme and adopted a regional standard for preemption equipment. The proposal was also endorsed by the Hampton Roads Fire Chiefs Association, Hampton Roads Traffic Engineers, and the Hampton Roads
This project will provide funding for a vendor to code all the the emergency response vehicles and intersections in accordance with the regional coding plan. We request $125,000 in RSTP funds to complete this project.
2012 Killed in the Line of Duty
Police Officers 20
Fire Fighters 15

Eric Reddeck
Everyone Goes Home – Advocate / Chair HRFSOC/HRHIM

HRFSOC is a Voluntary information service. Goal is reducing deaths and injuries. Read what you wish, Act in America’s best interest

2012 Meeting Dates March 14, June 13, * Sept 12,* Dec 12,