Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO)​

Highway Emergency Response Operators (HEROs) are dispatched to traffic-related incidents in metro Atlanta with the primary duty to clear roads so that n​ormal traffic flow is restored. HEROs also assist stranded motorists with flat tires, dead batteries or in need of fuel or coolant.​


Virtual Job Fair

Thursday, November 10
9:00AM - 4:00PM

Georgia DOT is partnering with Indeed.com to host a virtual job fair for the position of Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Trainee. Jobs will be offered on the spot.


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age
Possess a high school diploma or GED 
Possess a valid driver’s license


If you meet those requirements, we encourage you to register for an opportunity to join our team.

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      Program Info

      HERO Roadway


      Monitored routes in metro Atlanta ​

      HERO vest


      Active operators

      HERO Route


      Miles of patrol of routes

      HERO Route


      Total assists performed


      NOTE: HERO assists include the number of motorist assists performed and do not include lane clearance and other maintenance activities performed ​​​

      Program Info


      Available 24/7. Call 5-1-1 for assistance.

      Active Operators

      100 active operators


      Monitors 30 routes in Metro Atlanta


      Patrols 382 miles in Metro Atlanta

      Total Assists

      Total assists in FY 19:

      Patrol Routes

      HERO Route Map

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      A HERO Unit is dispatched to traffic-related incidents with a primary duty to clear roads so that normal traffic flow is restored. Secondarily, HERO assists stranded motorists by:

      • Changing flat tires
      • Jump-starting batteries
      • Providing fuel or coolant
      • Pushing vehicles to the shoulder
      • Transporting motorists to safe areas away from traffic
      • Administering first aid
      • Performing minor mechanical repairs

      NOTE: There is no charge for the HERO service.

      • Relieve congestion and maintain consistent traffic flow at incident locations
      • Reduce response time to traffic-related incidents
      • Patrol 310 miles of metro Atlanta freeways on 31 routes every day during peak hours
      • Respond to incidents on metro Atlanta freeways
      • Provide support to law enforcement, first-response and other emergency agencies
      • Assist in clearing stalled vehicles from travel lanes
      • Help stranded motorists with minor mechanical problems

      Funding for the HERO program has been provided by Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) Fund under the guidance of the Atlanta Regional Commission's (ARC) Incident Management Taskforce. The Taskforce members include the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), GDOT, traffic reporters, emergency and first-response agencies and the private sector.




      If you have comments about the HERO Program, or if you've been helped by a HERO and would like to say "THANKS", we'd love to hear from you!

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       ‭(Hidden)‬ HERO Unit Statistics


      HERO Positions
      Active HERO Positions


      HERO Centerline Miles of Coverage
      Centerline Miles of Coverage

      33 Minutes

      HERO Average Incident Clearance Time
      Average Incident Clearance Time