The week of November 13–17 is national Crash Responder Safety Week. The La Grange Fire Department has joined in the national Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW), to bring to light the courageous stories of our local responders. Every day, these heroes risk their lives to ensure the safety of our roads. The La Grange Fire Department responds to roadway crashes along with partners including other firefighters, emergency medical services, law enforcement, towing and recovery, and public works. Collectively, these responders assist in applying well-rehearsed procedures to provide emergency traffic control and to quickly clear incidents from roadways.
The Federal Highway Administration, along with national partners, States, and local responders, are invested in this event to reduce the number of traffic incidents involving responders who suffer injuries or lose their lives in the line of duty. Since the start of this year through November 4, 2023, tragically, thirty-four responders have been killed, and countless others have endured life-altering injuries.
The national CRSW event promotes Move Over law awareness for drivers and free National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training for responders. For those on the road:
- When passing an incident scene, slow down and, if possible, move over into an adjacent lane to provide room for responders.
- Keep 100% of your attention on driving when operating a vehicle.
- Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
- Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you; 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
- Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.