Law enforcement from
around Ohio gathered Monday night to learn how to deal with large-scale
accidents, which have been piling up recently.
Winter weather can bring
dangerous, icy roads, and large-scale accidents can occur, resulting in death,
injuries, and traffic backups. So with such accidents in mind, 50
first-responders from northwest, central, and northeast Ohio took a 2-day
course at the Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness.
"The real idea behind this
is for everybody to talk," said Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Lt. John
Altman. "Because at a major incident, you're going to need fire, you're going
to need EMS, you're going to need law enforcement, and you're going to need
towing and recovery. You're going to need the Department of Transportation. You're
going to need all those agencies working together."
The OSHP and ODOT are
putting on the training, which focuses on what's called TIM: Traffic Incident
Management. This involves not only treating patients from the accident, but
clearing up the crash as soon as possible and preventing another form
happening. The training can also save the lives of the first-responders.
"It's one of the most
dangerous environments we work on, the interstate," said Toledo Fire Deputy
chief Tom Jaksetic. "Because of the speeds, the vehicles. There are a number of
line-of-duty deaths on law enforcement and the fire side attributed to
incidents on the interstate."
attended the training will take what they learned and share it with the rest of
"I'm not saying there aren't
those discussions already, but it's building on those relationships that are
already there that are going to make it safer for everybody involved," Lt.