Emergency Services Traffic Assistance Team

Overview

The Henry County Office of Emergency Management is training its volunteers to assist local, regional state and federal partners with manpower and equipment. Before, during and after an incident personnel may be required to secure a scene, direct traffic or provide some other service. Our volunteers when available will be able to relieve fire, law or others from tasks that could be managed by us. Our members can secure a roadway due to a power line down allowing the fire department of law enforcement office to prepare for the next emergency.

Our members are currently meeting and receiving training through multiple methods including online, classroom and practical evolutions. Each member must meet the minimum training requirements before they are available for call outs. Safety has and must be the primary goal, for our members and those we support.

Training Subjects

  • Advance Warning
  • Blocking/Safe Positioning
  • High Visibility PPE
  • High Visibility Vehicle Markings
  • Highway Lane Designations
  • Incident Command System (ICS) and NIMS
  • Line Down Incidents
  • National Unified Goal
  • Professional Qualifications/Performance Standards
  • Public Education
  • Report Writing
  • Safety Education Materials
  • Slow Down, Move Over Laws
  • SOPs/SOGs
  • Struck By Incidents
  • Traffic Incident Management

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Device

A bulk of our responses will involve operating on and providing roadway management and as such we will utilize the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as our guidance on what and how we operate.

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.

The MUTCD, which has been administered by the FHWA since 1971, is a compilation of national standards for all traffic control devices, including road markings, highway signs, and traffic signals. It is updated periodically to accommodate the nation's changing transportation needs and address new safety technologies, traffic control tools and traffic management techniques.

View the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Device Version

Available Online Training

ERSI is dedicated to the safety of these men and women by engaging in and promoting activities that include developing educational material to support responder safety training; promoting the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management (TIM) including responder safety; safe, quick clearance and interoperable communications; encouraging the development of TIM Teams, promoting collaboration, communication and cooperation among the nation's emergency responders and keeping emergency responders up to date on national rules, regulations and trends related to safe roadway incident operations.