Emergency responders from the Wichita area attended a four-hour training session Monday to learn how to be safe when they're working at the scene of an accident or traffic problem.
The workers include fire, EMS paramedics, tow-truck drivers, highway crews and law enforcement officers. The training was held at the Sedgwick County Public Safety Building.
Tom Hein with the Kansas Department of Transportation said the training helps first responders with best practices in dealing with accident scenes, construction zones and other situations. The training is aimed at improving safety for the emergency workers and for motorists during traffic incidents.
Rusty James, an instructor with the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute in Kansas City, said the training has helped reduce the time that it takes to clear a traffic situation. Average times have dropped from two and a half hours in 2013 to 47 minutes in 2017.
The week of November 11th will be National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, and it will call attention to the dangers that road crews and emergency responders face when they're working at the scene of an accident or at a construction project.