The MO-KAN Regional Council hosted a traffic incident management training in St. Joseph to teach first responders how to clear a scene faster and safer. The training also provided new techniques for crews when handling traffic delays.
Since congestion from crashes can generate secondary wrecks, the group says it's important to keep workers safe while working an accident.
"We want to be able to involve them and get them back to their local jurisdictions, ask good questions and be able to resolve any issues they have pre-incident. It's also important to build those reports so when they have long term traffic crashes they're able to resolve them quickly and safely so everybody goes home," stated Corey Sloan, a trainer for the Federal Highway Administration.
The free traffic training session is a new program for responders funded by the Northwest Blueprint for Roadway Safety. It's the first training of its kind offered in this region.