School crossing guards employed by members of the Public Employer Risk Management Association (PERMA) will gather around New York State throughout the month of August to learn how to avoid the vehicular dangers of their profession.

Training sessions have already been filled in Schenectady, Canastota, Pittsford, Mamaroneck and Port Washington, with more still to come depending on member needs. Trainings will be led by Lewis Moskowitz, PERMA’s public safety risk management specialist, and Rocco Fragomeni, director of the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady.

Formal training for school crossing guards is not readily available, but PERMA aims to change that.

“Although crossing guards usually work near schools, they normally come under the direction of police departments because of their traffic control and public safety responsibilities,” said Mr. Moskowitz. “And when our data analysis discovered that the indemnity cost of a crossing guard claim was double the cost of the average police claim, PERMA decided it should offer this training.”

The seminar will provide four hours of training, including both classroom time and practical exercises conducted outside. Classroom instruction will focus on federal/state vehicular traffic laws and best practices and will include sections on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and on choose and using proper equipment. Attendees will learn how to avoid the most common accident for crossing guards – being struck by a vehicle – without endangering the welfare of the children in their care.

For some time, PERMA has offered online crossing-guard training to members, but the August training sessions will be the first in-person seminars offered.

Anyone interested in attending a scheduled training, or proposing an additional location for future training sessions, can contact Mr. Moskowitz at lmoskowitz@neami.com or 888-737-6269, ext. 3083.