Space remains for ODOT/OSHP emergency responder training to be held next week

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, April 23, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) will be conducting a Traffic Incident Management training class for Columbiana County emergency responders next week.
One of the leading causes of injuries to Ohio’s first responders occurs in areas around existing crashes to which the responders were assisting. In 2010, one Ohio police officer was killed and 275 were injured during traffic-related incidents. Additionally, statistics indicate that as many as 60,000 crashes in Ohio each year are “secondary crashes” or crashes that occur in traffic jams caused by earlier crashes. “Quick Clear” is a cohesive strategy based on the National Incident Management System of command and responsibility that seeks to:
  • Protect traffic incident responders and motorists by limiting exposure
  • Reduce the risk of secondary crashes
  • Provide prompt, reliable, and interoperable communications
One or two representatives of local law enforcement, fire departments, towing and recovery companies, EMS providers, 911 dispatch centers, or anyone that may be a responder to a traffic incident are encouraged to attend.
One class will be offered Tuesday, April 29th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emergency Management Office in Lisbon, Ohio. Space is limited to 50 attendees.
Interested candidates may register for this event via e-mail to darcy.stitt@dot.state.oh.us or by phone at 330-308-6540. Please include names and affiliation (e.g. Glenmoor Fire Dept.). A goal of this training is that attendees will be able to train others within their respective organizations on this subject.
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Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us