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It’s time to rethink roadway safety

In 2016 two medical helicopters (Florida and New Mexico) have been struck by drunk drivers.

Also struck by drunk drivers:

  • Tow trucks and operators
  • Police cruisers and law enforcement officers
  • Ambulances and paramedics
  • Fire trucks and firefighters

It’s time to rethink roadway safety and apply hazardous materials concepts of time, distance and shielding. Read my full article on EMS1.

Why EMS needs more protection on roadway incidents
Roadway incidents are highly hazardous hot zones for EMS and other public safety personnel

Helicopter on its side
N.M. helicopter struck and tipped over by an impaired driver. (Photo/McKinley County Sheriff’s Office)

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.