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Junior volunteer fire fighter dies in tanker rollover - Tennessee.

Authors
Frederick-L; Guglielmo-C
Source
NIOSH 2003 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20023492
Abstract
On September 5, 2002, a 17-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) was fatally injured after the tanker truck he was driving overturned while responding to a brush fire. The tanker was traveling south on a two-lane county road when it drifted off the right side of the road, causing the driver to lose control. The driver tried to correct the direction of travel of the tanker but was unable to recover. The tanker went down a slight embankment and overturned trapping the victim. The victim was extricated and then transported to a local hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, in order to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. prohibit driving by fire fighters less than 18 years of age and revise existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for driving fire apparatus so that they reflect insurance guidelines; 2. ensure that the radio in the driving compartment is within convenient reach for the driver; and, 3. incorporate specifics on rollover prevention in SOPs and driver training. Additionally, States should consider developing a junior fire fighter and emergency service program that addresses the tasks that minors are permitted to perform in the fire service.
Keywords
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighting-equipment; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20030627
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-107708
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2002-39
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TN; WV
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