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Motor-vehicle incident claims life of volunteer fire fighter who was responding to alarm - Ohio.

Authors
Cortez-KL; Mezzanotte-TP
Source
NIOSH 2000 May; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000825
Abstract
On September 13, 1999, a 29-year-old male volunteer fire fighter was killed as a result of injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle incident that occurred while he was responding to a kitchen fire at a local residence. Central Dispatch notified the fire department at 0656 hours of a kitchen fire, and at 0659 hours, the driver of Engine 81 notified Central Dispatch that he was leaving the station to respond to the alarm. The victim left his residence in his privately owned vehicle (POV). It is believed that he was heading directly to the fireground, and as he approached the fireground, he saw that no apparatus had arrived on scene. He was proceeding to the fire station to obtain the apparatus when his POV collided with a tandem dump truck that was turning onto the road he was traveling. The driver of the dump truck had stopped at a stop sign and when he looked for oncoming traffic, he saw the victim's vehicle approximately 450 feet away. As he started to turn left, the driver of the dump truck realized the victim's vehicle was quickly coming toward him. In an attempt to avoid a collision, the driver stopped the dump truck. Due to a tall corn field near the roadway, the victim may not have seen the truck until the collision. The victim's vehicle struck the dump truck's front axle, and the victim was killed instantly. At 0702 hours, the driver of Engine 81 informed Central Dispatch of a motor-vehicle incident at an intersection near the fire station which involved a tandem dump truck and the POV of a fellow fire fighter. After approximately 40 minutes of extrication, the victim was removed from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the local coroner. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar incidents fire departments should: develop standard operating procedures as they relate to responding to or returning from an alarm and monitor to ensure their use; provide defensive driver training to all emergency vehicle operators; ensure that all drivers are trained and certified in emergency vehicle operations.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Motor-vehicles; Fire-fighting-equipment; Accident-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Region-5; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Drivers; Emergency-responders
Publication Date
20000518
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2004-100810
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-99-F44
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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