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For Immediate Release: July 31, 2012 

Contact: Richard Keane, NYSTA
Public Information Officer, 716-635-6212
Richard.keane@thruway.ny.gov

Highway Safety And Traffic Control Exercise Set For WNY First Responders          
State Thruway Authority Hosts Incident Training Operation

The Western New York Incident Management Team will be conducting an Incident Management Training Exercise on I-90 in the Town of Angola on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 starting at 7:30 p.m., the New York State Thruway Authority has announced. 

The Thruway Authority has offered a unique opportunity to practice these traffic control measures in a  hands-on exercise on the section of I-90W closed for construction between Exits 57 (Hamburg) & 57A (Eden-Angola) in Erie County.

This incident training in controlling traffic by law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, highway maintenance, or firefighters is in preparation for one of the most dangerous jobs they do during rescue operations.

The goals of the incident training exercise include:

  • Offering first responders an opportunity to observe and participate in the proper set-up and control of a Temporary Traffic Control Zone under day and night operating conditions.
  • Building awareness regarding the traffic control resources available the local emergency services community.

The training will include a classroom refresher on safe and effective traffic control tactics. It is designed for Law Enforcement, EMS Personnel, Firefighters, Towing and Recovery Contractors, DOT and DPW Personnel, Highway Maintenance and Construction Workers, Dispatchers and others involved or interested in traffic control and highway safety. Designed for front line employees, first line supervisors, management and chief officers, the exercise is expected to last two hours.

Media planning on attending should gather at the Lakeview Fire Station #1, 2005 Lake View Road, Hamburg, New York at 7:15 p.m for check in and an escort to the incident scene.

Media contact: Richard Keane, NYSTA Public Information Officer, 716-635-6212.  richard.keane@thruway.ny.gov.

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