Safety Stand-Down 2020

Building a Superhighway to Safety – Protecting our Responders on Roadways

Taking place each year during the third week of June, Safety Stand-Down highlights critical safety, health, and survival issues for the fire and emergency services. Departments and personnel are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education and training. A week is provided to ensure all duty shifts can participate.

The 2020 Safety Stand-Down takes place June 14-20. This year’s theme calls attention to the hazards that responders face while performing their duties on roadways. Operating in roadways continues to be some of the most treacherous incident scenes we respond to. This important initiative encourages everyone to refresh their techniques and learn new skills based on research and nationally recognized best practices. Use the resources and training on this article to participate in this year’s Safety Stand-Down.

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Watch this on-demand webinar hosted by Jack Sullivan that highlights this year’s theme of protecting responders at roadway incidents. Click here for the corresponding worksheet.



NFPA 1091: Standard for Traffic Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications
This National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard was adopted to reduce the risks to response personnel and the public through proper traffic control training. The standard promotes safer operations by identifying the minimum job performance requirements for traffic control incident management personnel to help Authorities Having Jurisdiction ensure personnel are adequately prepared to carry out the duties of the assignment.
Brought to you by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, this web site provides training, resources, tools, news, and more relating to traffic incident management and responder safety at roadway incidents.

Roadway Response Safety Shorts released 10 brief videos that demonstrate important safety procedures at roadway incidents. They can be shared on social media, watched at roll call or shift changes, or integrated into training rotations or safety breaks. While most of the shorts are for responders, one is designed for use in public education to teach motorists how to safely pass an emergency incident on the roadway.

PIO & Public Educator Resources
Public information officers (PIOs) and public educators can reach the traveling public with roadway incident response messages that will help keep responders safe. has compiled the resources of most value to PIOs who communicate with media outlets, as well as to fire and life safety educators and others within your department who communicate with the public.

Push Card
This push card from contains important safety messages for the public about what actions to take when approaching and passing an emergency scene on the roadway. The push card is appropriate for distribution at rest areas, service plazas, community events, community presentations, driver education schools, motor vehicle bureaus, and other driver information distribution opportunities. Free printed copies are also available as funding permits. To request printed copies, use this link to send an email with your name, address, agency phone number and contact person, how and where you intend to use the cards, and the number requested.

FHWA Emergency Transportation Operations: Traffic Incident Management
This webpage from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides information and resources regarding traffic incident management for responders, including fire, rescue, and EMS. This includes the Traffic Incident Management Outreach Toolkit.

NVFC: Traffic Incident Management
This webpage from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) provides links to training and resources relating to traffic incident management.

USFA: Traffic Incident Management Systems
This report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides guidance, considerations, recommendations, and case studies for safe operations at roadway scene incidents.

A Joint North American Firefighter Survival Message
In January 2020, national fire service organizations joined together to issue a survival message for the fire and emergency services with reminders and tips to minimize the risks during roadway response.

Valley Safety Officers 2020 Safety Stand Down Bulletin
The Valley Safety Officers in Arizona created this bulletin, featuring a training video and other resources to help facilitate crew/battalion level discussions and tabletop training.


National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training (web-based)
This web-based course from the FHWA is designed to improve incident response and increase safety for first responders and the public. Created by responders for responders, the course provides a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. Learning Network
This comprehensive Learning Network provides over 35 free training modules about all aspects of traffic incident management and roadway/highway incident safety.

Roadway Safety Teaching Topic Packages for Instructors provides lesson plans and corresponding materials to assist instructors in teaching critical roadway safety and traffic incident management to responders from all agencies. All content follows recommended policies and practices and is consistent with the National TIM Training from the Federal Highway Administration and the training available on the Responder Safety Learning Network. Instructors can teach these lessons as self-contained units, integrated into operations, as full classes, or as refreshers or quick reminders during roll call. All content is customizable.


Year Fatality Reports for Struck-By Incidents has yearly struck-by fatality reports for 2019 and 2020.

Fire Near Miss Database Reports Related to Highway Incidents and Struck-by-Vehicle Crashes, in cooperation with the IAFC’s Near Miss program, provides a searchable database of near miss reports involving vehicle roadway events. These reports carry important lessons for all responders who operate on the roadway.

Roadway Incident Safety for Fire and EMS
This article by Jack Sullivan for the NVFC’s Firefighter Strong newsletter provides an overview of what you need to do to protect your personnel while operating in or near moving traffic at roadway incidents.

Critical TIM Measures to Prevent Secondary Crashes and Struck-by-Vehicle Incidents
This article by Jack Sullivan for the NVFC’s Firefighter Strong newsletter provides a list of significant actions your fire department should be taking to prevent secondary crashes and line-of-duty injuries or fatalities at roadway emergency scenes.