Drill: The Fireground Playbook: Roadway Safety Zones

By Forest Reeder 

Roadway operations are among the most hazardous types of responses for firefighters. Use of apparatus as a shield from traffic and improved visibility of crew members with reflective vests have helped reduce the number of injuries and accidents that occur. Cones, barricades, electric and portable signage also assist in the establishment of safe work zones. Coordinated efforts with law enforcement, EMS, traffic control, and vehicle recovery units is essential in achieving the objectives of each group. Review your local traffic management plan for guidance in determining these playbook duties. Use the attached template for discussion of proper positioning 

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.