Cook's Towing Service "Quick Clearance" Award Nomination
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, a vehicle wreck occurred between West Street and Missouri Street near the I-70 Ramp 79 system. Diesel fuel was released to the road surface due to a punctured fuel tank on the 2005 Ford F250 pickup truck. The Indianapolis Fire department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion Co. Public Health Department, Indianapolis Dept. of Public Works, and Cook’s Towing Service Inc. worked together to quickly resolve the accident. Doing this allowed IFD to place a containment pool under the damaged fuel tank and deployed absorbent to the road to contain the situation swiftly.
Due to the outstanding work performed by Rob Breeden and Kyle Jones with Cook’s Towing Service, they have been nominated for a Quick Clearance Award for the following actions which are consistent with the open roads philosophy and mission of the Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort. The actions of these individuals reduced the overall duration of the incident and reduced the risk to first responders and the motoring public. The following are the actions consistent to the open road philosophy and mission of the Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort:
- Recommended moving one of the wrecked vehicles to open a travel lane.
- Quickly used their recovery equipment to drain the remaining fuel from the leaking fuel tank which allowed the vehicle to be removed from the scene without further spillage.
- Pushed impacted absorbents off of the travel lanes to the shoulder even though they were not responsible for the spill cleanup.
Indianapolis FD "Quick Clearance" Award Nomination
A vehicle wreck involving two semi tractors occurred on I-65 northbound, near the I-465 interchange on the south side of Indianapolis on December 14, 2016 at approximately 3:15 PM. During this event, the Indiana State Police, INDOT Hoosier Helpers, INDOT Maintenance, Indianapolis Fire Department Stations 35 and 14, Interstate Towing, Indiana Spill Response, and the Marion County Health Department responded to the traffic incident. Additionally, while this situation was occurring, the traffic was reduced to one lane on northbound I-65. At the time, the ramp from I-465 eastbound to I-65 northbound was closed. Throughout this entire occurrence the traffic incident management scene was handled very well through the use of lane control and advance warning devices.
Throughout this incident, the Indianapolis Fire Department exemplified the three actions consistent with the open roads philosophy and mission of the Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort. These actions reduced the overall duration of the incident and reduced risk to first responders and the motoring public. The three key actions embodied by the Indianapolis Fire Department were the following:
- Early notification – IFD requested additional resources for the response before they arrived on scene.
- Parallel operations – IFD had the towing and recovery operator get into position and start the recovery operation while they were containing and offloading the leaking fuel tank.
- Quick Clearance – IFD pumped diesel fuel from the damaged fuel tank and the containment pool into a drum so that the truck could quickly be removed from the scene. Additionally, this course of action allowed the diesel fuel to be moved to a safer location off of the roadway quickly and efficiently.
For exemplifying the these tenants of the open roads philosophy and the mission of the Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort, the Indianapolis Fire Department has been nominated for the Quick Clearance award.
Martinsville FD "Excellence of Achievement"
Feb. 21, 2017 - Martinsville, IN
This morning at the IN-TIME Committee bi-monthly meeting, the Committee presented the first ever “excellence of achievement” recognition to the Martinsville Fire Department to recognize them as an agency that understands & supports the “quick clearance concepts” in the open roads philosophy of the IN-TIME members. There were two specific instances notes in which they took the initiative to act in such as was as to keep the road closure to a minimum, while still providing safety for the emergency responders and to the traveling public.
- In the summer of 2016, Martinsville FD responded to a Hazardous Materials Incident on State Road 37 that tied up traffic. The Incident Commander not only addressed the incident, but also took into account the traffic backups resulting from the incident. The Department routed traffic in multiple directions, and as a result prevented major traffic queue from occurring.
- One Sunday morning, Martinsville FD personnel were managing a motor vehicle accident on State Road 37 within the I-69 construction zone. With the incident in the left hand lane, Martinsville FD had installed an “Emergency Scene Ahead” sign, correctly deployed traffic cones in a tapered fashion, and utilized numerous apparatus in a defensive “blocking” manner, with all personnel wearing high-visibility apparel. Additionally, the Fire Chief was directing motorists and watching out for the safety of his personnel.
The IN-TIME Committee therefore has recognized the Martinsville Fire Department for its actions consistent with the open roads philosophy and mission of IN-TIME.