1. Drive It, Push It, Tow It or Drag !!!
(With this January 2008 issue of Responder Safety E-News, we’re launching a new feature: a full-length
article written by experts in the areas of emergency response, responder safety, emergency planning,
facility protection or security. This first feature is written by Howard McCann and Robert Averitt, who are
affilia/ed with Ihe Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) TEEX is a member of/he Texas A&M
University System and offers hands-on, customized first-responder training, homeland security
exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX
programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health,
search and rescue and economic development.)
Here’s to a safe and happy new year.
That seems like a trite saying, but a fresh calendar year provides a perfect opportunity to refocus our
attention and energy on keeping ourselves safe so we can fulfill our jobs as emergency responders.
Each year, hundreds — sometimes thousands — of men and women in various emergency response
fields across the country are severely injured or killed as a result of secondary traffic accidents. And
sadly, many of these accidents could have been prevented had the police officer, firefighter or public
works employee received the right kind of training.
Sure, all responders have safe practices in mind. But it’s not uncommon for a police officer to approach
an accident scene differently than a firefighter, who was trained differently than a utility worker. The goal
is the same, but a lack of cohesion and communication can prove to be deadly.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, offers a course to help overcome that challenge:
Teaching first responders how to stay alive while saving the lives of others. Law enforcement,
firefighters, EMS personnel and public works employees learn how to communicate with one another
and quickly clear accident scenes while protecting themselves and the public.