Cumberland Valley Kicks Off Traffic Control Project

Tuesday, 07 February 2006

The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association (CVVFA) hosted an official kick-off event for a joint study being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration and the CVVFA. This study will examine the recruitment and retention of Fire Service Traffic Control Personnel, referred to in some areas of the United States as Fire Police.

"This effort will not only illustrate an effective use of citizen volunteers to support the fire service, it will also contribute to firefighter safety," said Charlie Dickinson, the USFA Acting Director. Fire and emergency service departments will be able to utilize these citizen volunteers in promoting first responder safety by training them to control traffic at major street and highway incidents as well as at special events within the community. Today, many departments nationwide already tap into the talents of their community through Fire Corps (www.firecorps.org), a program designed to increase the capacity of volunteer, career, and combination departments through the use of citizen advocates. The use of Traffic Control Personnel is expected to mitigate emergency responder fatalities. The statistics are scary," says Project Director Steve Austin. According to Austin, 38 emergency responders have been struck by vehicles already this year. Three of these individuals were killed.

This project will culminate in an online implementation guide on organizing, training, and safely deploying traffic control units in communities across the nation. This guide which will be available on the Fire Corps, USFA, and the CVVFA web sites, will address issues such as the recruitment of Traffic Control Personnel, training, and liability issues.

For more information on this study, please contact Steve Austin, Project Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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