The South Carolina Department of Transportation recently released a video saluting the work of three of its State Highway Emergency Program or SHEP roadside workers.
[Above photo by the SCDOT]
Those three incident responders were not only commended for their passion and integrity in promoting the SHEP program, but also described what a typical day is like providing emergency service to motorists on the state’s highways.
Established in 1996, SCDOT’s SHEP initiative now serves motorists traveling in the Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill locales, as well as several upstate areas.
Prepared to handle a variety of situations, SCDOT SHEP responders make minor repairs to disabled vehicles and assist with traffic control and traffic incident management, the agency said.
The Arizona Department of Transportation created and released a similar video in December 2022 to highlight the important yet often dangerous work conducted by its Incident Response Units or IRUs patrolling the interstate highways in and around Phoenix.
The 13-minute documentary – dedicated to the memory of Frank Dorizio, an IRU team member killed in the line of duty in 2020 – explores the daily activities and dangers by the agency’s IRU highway workers.