Lt. John Altman Explains the Importance of First Responders on the Scene of Highway Accidents

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First responders from different agencies in the surrounding area take a refresher course on Traffic Incident Management, helping to establish effective protocol in the event of a major highway accident.

With the increased occurrence of multiple vehicle accidents on Ohio highways, there is a definite need for trained personnel to be prepared to deal with large incidents on the roadways. First responders from Northwest Ohio, Northeast Ohio, and Central Ohio are attending a two-day course focusing on Traffic Incident Management (TIM), to ensure the best possible response to massive accidents on the highways.

Accidents on Ohio highways have an increased risk for loss of life, as well as long traffic tie-ups affecting other drivers on the road. To combat both the possible tragedy that results from highway accidents, as well as the traffic issues, it is important for responders from multiple agencies to join forces.

Fifty first responders, including Fire, Police, EMS, Department of Transportation, and Towing and Recovery professionals, are joining together to focus on effective accident protocol. They will build upon knowledge and relationships that already exist.

Lieutenant John Altman of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explained the importance of these forces joining together. He stated, “the real idea behind this [course] is for everybody to talk.” He explained the importance of all of the responders working together to ensure the best possible outcome. “You’re going to need all of those agencies working together,” Altman said. In order to prevent another crash from occurring, it is imperative to get each incident cleared away as soon as possible.

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