Another tragic loss of a firefighter along our nation's roadways

Responding to the scene of a vehicle-related incident is one of the most risky activities in the fire and emergency services

I think about roadway safety a lot; even more so on those occasions where I stop to help stranded motorists or arrive first on scene to a vehicle-related incident.

While I always wear my traffic vest, carry a handlight when it's dark, do my best to position where I block the scene and place flares to provide advance warning, I know it's one of the most risky activities in the fire and emergency services.

A great resource for learning how to protect ourselves along the highways and byways of the U.S. is the Responder Safety website sponsored by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association.

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel — FireRescue1's editorial advisor — is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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