Keeping First Responders Safe

Bart Powell, Tony Young, Shane Ratliff, and Noelle HunterCity Fire Chief Bobby Hume

Dozens of emergency first responders gathered at the cooperative extension building in the county park last night for a special training class meant to keep them and others safe when helping with traffic accidents.  Called the National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program, the program brought together police, fire, EMS, towing/recovery, amateur radio operators, and more.

The program was created on a federal level through the Federal Highway Administration to teach best safety practices and unified terminology for everyone who may be called to the scene of a traffic accident.  Executive director of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Noelle Hunter, along with program coordinator Shane Ratliff and Federal Highway Administration representative Tony Young were present to conduct the course.

According to Anderson County Director of Public Safety, Bart Powell, the four hour course explained how to position various emergency vehicles around an accident, create buffer zones, as well as general guidelines on how to operate the emergency run, all with the goal of improving safety for all responders.  “[It’s] how to keep us alive in the street,” Bart said.

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