Amherst Fire Chief Wants Tougher Laws To Protect Road Workers

  • Published: 01/21/2020 02:28 AM

This year, seven first responders have died in roadside crashes across the country, according to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. "What's really scary is standing two to three feet out at a highway and having a car go by you at 60 to 80 mph," Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Brian Swan said. Swan tells FOX 11 he knows the feeling all too well, along with the neighboring fire department in Waupaca. "July of 18, there was a Waupaca fire truck that was rear-ended out on Highway 10. Luckily there weren't any significant injuries." That's when he started looking into laws to protect workers on the roads. "I found there wasn't anything besides the Move Over and Slow Down."


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