Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to request what the job of an incident support unit crew member entails?
Thank you for your email of 21 July 2008 about what the job of an Incident
Support Unit (ISU) crew member entails.
The purpose of an ISU is to minimise disruption to road users by providing
a safe and timely response to incidents and quicker clearance of blocked
Whilst many different types of incidents occur on our Network, there are a
number of basic functions, defined below, which can be carried out by an
ISU at the scene of most incidents.
The primary functions of ISUs are to:
(i) Make the incident scene safer through the application of emergency
(ii) Relieve congestion and remove hazards to safety by the clearance of
debris from traffic lanes and hardshoulders,
(iii) Undertake repairs to highway infrastructure damaged as a result of
(iv) Assess the scene and secure the attendance of additional or
resources where the task is beyond the ISU's capabilities,
(v) Provide a communications link between the incident site and our
provider's network control centre, or its equivalent.
When not engaged in fulfilling the primary functions, the ISU can be
employed on secondary functions such as:
(i) Patrolling, monitoring and reporting on the network,
(ii) Undertaking routine maintenance,
(iii) Making safe defects to the highway infrastructure.
providing that these functions do not compromise the response to incidents
and can be safely interrupted to meet required response times.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further
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