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Career fire fighter dies after engine he was driving collides with a tractor trailer - Alabama.

Authors
Bowyer-M; Tarley-J
Source
NIOSH 2007 Mar; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20031745
Abstract
On November 28, 2005, a 25-year-old male career fire fighter died from injuries he sustained after the engine he was driving collided with a tractor trailer. The victim was alone while driving an engine with lights and sirens operating to a dispatched medical emergency on a highway. He was following a rescue truck with an officer and a fire fighter who were dispatched from the same station. The victim was approaching an intersection as a tractor trailer pulled out in front of him. The victim struck the tractor trailer and the force of the impact pinned him in the driver's seat. Rescue crews extricated the victim and flew him to a local trauma center where he died as a result of his injuries. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. develop and document an inspection, maintenance, and repair schedule that includes verification of appropriate vehicle operation prior to the apparatus being placed back into service; 2. ensure that all repairs are performed by a qualified technician; 3. provide training to driver/operators as often as necessary to meet the requirements of NFPA 1451, 1500, and 1002. This training should incorporate specifics on intersection practices; 4. ensure that adequate numbers of staff are available to immediately respond to emergency incidents. Although it is unclear if the following contributed to this incident, State and local authorities having jurisdiction should: 1. consider installing intersection control devices on all emergency vehicles and selected traffic lights; 2. consider developing programs to require and policies to facilitate emergency vehicle drivers obtaining a commercial driver's license.
Keywords
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighting-equipment; Motor-vehicles; Drivers; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Surveillance
Publication Date
20070309
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-107663
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-F2006-05
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AL; WV
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