Roadway Safety Resources

6 Tools to Help You Address Roadway Safety

By Michael Baker, Director of Risk Management for VFIS on February 10, 2021

According to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), vehicles struck and killed 44 emergency responders, including nine fire and EMS personnel, while responding to roadway incidents in 2019.

Almost every response requires your team to operate on various terrains—from high-speed roadways to local streets – so it’s vital that your members are aware of equally-varying risks and able to maintain a heightened awareness of their surroundings at all times.

It’s also important that your department evaluates practices and policies for traffic management and scene safety, including limiting exposure time, providing advance warning to approaching motorists, creating a buffer zone, properly positioning blocking apparatus, having appropriate lighting, establishing a flagger/spotter, operating in a “shadow work zone”, and meeting requirements for high-visibility PPE and reflective vests.

Thorough preplanning, ongoing training and strict adherence of procedures might not be your favorite parts of the job – but they could make all of the difference.

To help your team address these risks, we've rounded up a few of the resources available on


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Michael Baker, Director of Risk Management for VFIS


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