As emergency responders, we find ourselves working an incident on a roadway on a regular basis. These incidents create unique hazards. Major roadways such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other interstate highways like Routes 283 and 30, place us at increased risk of being struck and injured, or struck and killed, from a secondary accident due to the speed in which moving traffic is passing us.
As of August 20, 2020, 32 emergency responders have been struck and killed across the nation. In 2019, 44 emergency responders were struck and killed. On average, 3 emergency responders are struck and injured each day. These numbers are concerning. As a show of support for the value of our EMT’s and Paramedics, Northwest EMS will take part in the “Move Over Rally For Emergency Responders” which will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 12:00 noon at the Pennsylvania State Capitol at Commonwealth Fountain (across from Soldier’s Grove Park).
Check our our Facebook page for posts regarding this event or the Facebook Event titled “Move Over Rally For Emergency Responders”. We welcome and invite our first responder partners in the tow industry as well as fire department and police agencies to attend with us and participate in the apparatus convoy from the State Farm Show Complex to the Capitol as part of the Rally. For details regarding the convoy and staging at the Farm Show Complex, please contact our Community Outreach Manager, Lori Shenk, at 717-371-8282 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our message is simple… At the end of our shift, we just want to go home to our families.