Department of Transportation Celebrates New Partnership With Local First Responders

Sept. 23, 2020, 5:51 p.m. ·

First responders, emergency personnel, and state officials pose for a group photo holding copies of a signed memorandum of understanding. First responders and state officials met at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte on Wednesday morning to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding regarding the West Central Nebraska (WCNE) Traffic Incident Management group. (Photo Courtesy Jake Daniels)

The Nebraska Department of Transportation celebrated a new partnership between first responders, firefighters, and traffic management centers today.

Gary Thayer, an engineer for the department of transportation in West Central Nebraska, said it’s taken years to build closer ties between local emergency groups. He hopes the coalition will help workers better respond to road accidents.

"You're standing out there with high speed conditions, and not only do you have to be aware of your own environment, but you have to be aware of everybody that's out there that is trying to keep everybody as safe as possible," Thayer said.

Thayer said citizens can also do their part to prevent secondary accidents. The Department of Transportation urges drivers to put their phones down, slow down, and move over if anything is blocking the road.