Jacksonville (Duval County) is the largest land size and growing metropolitan area in the state of Florida. It is also a gateway for travelers heading, north, south and west. Combining these factors with local commuting traffic and on-going construction projects results in traffic congestion and inadvertent crashes. Addressing these crashes requires the teamwork of multiple agencies to manage the incident. These occurrences and the efforts demonstrated epitomize the objectives of the SHRP2 program.
A dedicated class for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) was conducted on October 7, 2015. Twenty-nine (29) attendees completed the course. Additional incident responders were invited to participate including Fire, EMS, FDOT, Towing, and Traffic Management Professionals. This training additionally included a session on Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC). JSO will be partnering with Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to assist in activing RISC at appropriate times.
RISC is an initiative that contracts towing companies to provide quick, safe clearance of large vehicle crashes, such as tractor trailers, box trucks, and boats that are overturned or damaged to the point where the vehicle cannot be towed by a smaller tow truck on the interstate. As part of the RISC contract, the towing company must respond with two heavy tow trucks, one of which must be a rotator, plus a support vehicle. The contractor must be at the scene within 60 minutes of notification and clear all travel lanes within 90 minutes of receiving a notice to proceed.