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One career fire fighter dies and two are injured in apparatus crash - California.

McFall-M; Koedam-RE
NIOSH 2007 Jun; :1-11
On August 6, 2005, a 23-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) died after he was ejected from the open cab of an engine during a crash. The crew was responding without lights or sirens to a flooded residence in a reserve engine being used by the crew, while the apparatus they regularly used was being serviced. The engine was traveling at approximately 45 miles per hour in a heavy rainstorm when the driver lost control. The vehicle left the road, traveled down an embankment and struck two trees before coming to rest on a roadway below. The engine's auxiliary braking system (engine brake) was engaged at the time of the incident. The victim was found lying unresponsive under the running board on the passenger's side of the vehicle. The victim was found to have lacerations around his mid-section and no pulse. The victim was removed and transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver/operator and another fire fighter were treated on the scene before being transported to the County hospital for additional treatment. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that drivers are trained to carefully consider the use of auxiliary braking systems while operating apparatus on wet or potentially slippery roads; 2. require all drivers to become familiar with all of the different models of fire apparatus that they may be expected to operate; 3. enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the use of seat belts in all emergency vehicles; and, 4. ensure that all drivers of fire department vehicles are responsible for the safe and prudent operation of the vehicle under all conditions.
Region-9; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighters; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Drivers; Motor-vehicles; Fire-fighting-equipment; Surveillance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health