BASIC WRECKER OPERATIONS
Friday & Saturday, January 26-27, 2018.
"Basic Wrecker Operations" training is a 16-hour, centralized method of receiving mandatory training per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 595:25-3-1 for wrecker owners, drivers, and operators. Wrecker operators use machinery on the truck to recover and transport vehicles, but they have other duties as well. They are incident responders! And to perform this job safely, effectively, and professionally, an operator must know how to do more than drive a truck.
The first day of the 2-day "Basic Wrecker Operations" training will begin with Traffic Incident Management (TIMS). TIMS is essential for everyone to be able to go home safely each night and will be held during the first 4 hours of the 16-hour Basic Wrecker Operations training.
The next 4-hours, on the first day, will include fundamental knowledge of required equipment and operating skills that will provide training to prepare an employee to offer minor repairs, emergency roadside towing service when dealing with large repair problems, and regular equipment maintenance. Wrecker operators are "Professionals"! Customer Service includes responding in a timely fashion, showing empathy when customers are upset, speaking professionally, using active listening skills, and showing expertise with a variety of vehicles, maintenance and repairs. In addition to all of the above, operators are required to complete a variety of paperwork, such as a daily log of tow truck inspections, repair activity, travel, mileage logs, and a services rendered report.
The second day of the 2-day "Basic Wrecker Operation" will be hands-on training, in the field, with practical application. Students are encouraged to bring their own tow/wrecker vehicles for skills training as this will enhance their understanding of correct and safe operational skills on equipment that they use daily.
OKC Tow Trucks Escort Casket To Raise Awareness About Highway Safety
NEWS 9 Television REPORT
The Spirit Ride launched in Massachusetts a couple of months ago is currently passing through more than a dozen towns and cities throughout the US. In the RIDES first 8 days, over 250 tow truck joined the processions. The ceremonies and processions generated print and television coverage in several cities broadcasting to several million motorists the Slow Down, Move Over message of the Spirit Ride.
The Spirit Ride comes to the OKC Metro!
Dozens of tow truck drivers and first responders escorted a casket Saturday through the streets of Oklahoma City to raise awareness about highway safety. The nationwide Spirit Ride is a two-year campaign with a powerful statement to make.
The National Safety Commission reports 71 percentof people have never heard of "Move Over" laws that require drivers to give an extra lane of space for roadside emergencies, but the Spirit Ride aims to show it could mean the difference between life and death.
Participants started the Oklahoma City leg of the voyage by passing a spirit stick from person to person, symbolizing the connection between tow truck drivers, first responders, construction workers and citizens of the world. It acts as a reminder of those killed by carelessness.
"Whatever else you feel you need to do in your car while you?re driving, you need to be driving, watching us," said Sean Davis, a heavy duty operator for Arrow Wrecker.
Davis took on the responsibility of driving the ceremonial Spirit Ride casket from Oklahoma City to Texas, joining a chain of 5,000 tow trucks nationwide. The task is personal, years after a driver ran into him on the side of the road.
He was drunk, middle of the night, didn't get over, Davis said. I've had a lot of close calls. I've lost friends, lose troopers every year.
Participants also paused for a moment of silence during the ceremony to remember those killed in the line of duty.
Oklahoma City fire Chief Keith Bryant said first responders are not always able to look out for incoming traffic at a scene.
"We're paying attention to the people we?re trying to help, people that were involved in the accident, trying to get that damaged vehicle off the road out of the way," he said.
As the lengthy procession of tow trucks and emergency vehicles snaked its way through the city, though, drivers had no choice but to slow down for the flashing lights.
Mike Corbin and his wife Alice are traveling the entire route of the Spirit Ride, engaging with the tow truck drivers along the way. Corbin not only writes songs in memory of workers killed in roadside accidents, but he also built the ceremonial casket which is decorated with highway scenes.
"They just want to get home to their families, and they want the respect from the motoring public," Corbin said.
Move over laws are enforced here in the Sooner State for emergency vehicles as well as tow trucks and construction crews, and a violation is punishable with hundreds of dollars in fines.
To learn more about the Spirit Ride and see where the casket is heading next-- Just click HERE!?
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Oklahoma State Trooper Nicholas Dees