While responding to incidents, police, fire, EMS, and towing personnel encounter a dangerous work environment. ICT developed a new Highway Incident Management Guide that multiple agencies will use to improve their management of highway incidents.
ICT investigators Huaguo Zhou and Ryan Fries developed training materials and training events to educate responders from all agencies on how to improve their safety, work together more efficiently, and come home safe at the end of the day.
The materials and training reinforce important topics such as safe parking, responder cooperation, and incident classification. Fries says, “Keeping Illinois responders safe is a priority to IDOT and ICT and this training guide is a critical step in the right direction.”
“The Highway Incident Management Training program has greatly improved operations in response to traffic incidents,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “The goal of this program is to reduce a variety of incident types that may cause congestion and lead to roadway fatalities,” added Schneider. “The fundamental key to this training is to ensure responders understand all safe practices, along with the equipment and resources currently available to more effectively react to incidents statewide.”
The final report for this project is posted on the ICT Publications Page. This project may be offered nationwide in the future, and ICT is currently working on a Phase II of this project.