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Off-duty career fire fighter dies and another off-duty career fire fighter is injured after being struck by a truck while assisting at a highway traffic incident - Florida.

Authors
Tarley-J; Romano-N; Berardinelli-S
Source
NIOSH 2004 Mar; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20024730
Abstract
On June 8, 2002, a 26-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) died and another career fire fighter was injured when they were struck by a tractor-trailer while they were assisting at the scene of a traffic incident. Both the victim and the injured fire fighter were off-duty, and they had stopped to aid a motorist who was trapped in an overturned vehicle in the median of a highway. Several other passersby, including a physician, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and two other civilians, had also stopped to aid the trapped motorist. Heavy rain was falling, and within minutes a tractor-trailer swerved into the median to avoid traffic, striking all of the rescuers. The victim and the physician were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other fire fighter suffered a broken leg. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1) develop SOPs for the response of off-duty fire fighters in their privately owned vehicles (POVs) to interstate highway incidents.
Keywords
Accident-prevention; Accidents; Fire-fighters; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Training
Publication Date
20040311
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2004-104814
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2002-35
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
FL; WV
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