Emergency Scene Traffic Control
WorkSafeBC changed the OH&S Guideline 18.4.1 Section (3) regarding Traffic Control: Emergency Scene Management January 1st, 2007 OH&S Guideline 18.4.1 Section (3) 3. Emergency Scene Management. Emergency services' workers are often called upon to control traffic around the site of an emergency or accident. In such situations it is expected that emergency services' workers would be trained in:
- Traffic control equipment
- Equipment set up and take down
- Principles of traffic management outlined in the traffic control manual
- Use of a buffer vehicle to protect the workplace
- Other appropriate safe work procedures
- Instruction on personal protective clothing and safety equipment
The course was developed with the intention of being delivered to a broad scope of first responders and addresses the 6 points set out in the WorkSafeBC guideline for Emergency Scene Management. There is a 3 ½ hour workshop portion of the course as well as an optional practical component for experience in the field. This is the ideal course for any company or employee seeking information and training in the basic use of equipment, PPE and safe work procedures of traffic control. It also teaches the zones of an incident/accident scene and emphasizes safety.
Where the traffic control situation will persist for longer than 2 hours, and it is necessary to direct traffic through sections of a two-way road temporarily reduced to one lane, it is expected that the emergency services' worker directing traffic would be trained in the manner of the high-risk TCP.
Theory Only Session 3.5 hours
Option Practical Set up - 2.5 hours
Safe Operation Of Fire Apparatus (SOFA)
Prerequisite: Level 2 HAT
This course has been designed to introduce the safe operation of emergency vehicles. The focus will consider vehicle response to evasive actions by the operator as well as safe backing. This practical operation will take the operator through a variety of stop and go problems, simulating traffic situations encountered routinely. Vehicles utilized are a pumper and smaller response vehicle.
Hazard Recognition Training (HRT)
This course takes a hands-on approach to traffic safety by improving the driver's vehicle control skills as well as his/her understanding of the traffic environment. This 4 - hour course starts with short classroom discussions then moves to in-vehicle operation. Instead of reacting to events after they are beyond the driver's control, HRT gives drivers a positive game plan to minimize the chance of being trapped in hazardous situations. Maximum of 4 students per training vehicle. You can use your vehicle for the best results. This course will cover: Vehicle setup for maximum vision, injury protection & control; traction management & vehicle control; B.A.S.I.C. skills enhancement (Braking, Accelerating, Steering, In Control); Space, Time, Vision application; scanning to identify warning of potential conflict and strategies for dealing with potentially hazardous situations. Take it one step further and include an AUTO SMART component linking safety with fuel efficient driving.