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Washington Post:  First responders learn how to dodge traffic while clearing safe path for drivers

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First Sgt. Alvin D. Blankenship, who is with the Virginia State Police, teaches a practical, no-nonsense safety course for police and emergency personnel who must respond to traffic incidents.

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This is one of the practical lessons: “Use all your senses.” Listen for the sound of rapidly crumpling emergency cones. Recognize the crunching noise that tires make when driving over a debris field.

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Blankenship shows a video from the camera in a police cruiser. An officer is leaning toward the window of a car stopped on a roadside. Suddenly, he jumps away, just in time to avoid the full impact of an oncoming vehicle that strayed off the road.

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What Blankenship wants the class to notice is that the officer didn’t see the vehicle, just heard it. Alert senses saved his life.

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The class members, who routinely work amid speeding traffic, take it in stride, offering casual nods.
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