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Junior fire fighter killed responding to call in his privately owned vehicle (POV) - Pennsylvania.

Authors
Romano-NT; Braddee-RW
Source
NIOSH 2001 Jun; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20021560
Abstract
On July 2, 2000, a 17-year-old male volunteer junior fire fighter (the victim), died after his privately owned vehicle (POV) collided with a farm tractor. At 1535 hours, the volunteer fire department was dispatched to a structure fire, and the victim responded in his POV to the fire station. En route to the station the victim was traveling in the southbound (right) lane on a two-lane township road when after negotiating a curve, the victim's POV drifted into the northbound (left) lane of the road. Traveling northbound was a driver on a farm tractor with an attached front-end loader. The victim's POV ( pickup truck) struck the left side of the front-end loader, which on impact entered the windshield and pushed through the "A" post, forcing back part of the roof to the bed area. The victim was found unconscious in his POV and was transported by a helicopter to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead approximately 1 hour after the incident. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should ensure that fire fighters follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and State motor-vehicle codes for safely driving and operating a privately owned vehicle (POV) while responding to a fire alarm.
Keywords
Region-3; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
20010629
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-105850
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-F2000-35
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; WV
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