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Preventing death and injuries of fire fighters operating modified excess/surplus vehicles.

Authors
Berardinelli-S; Koedam-R; Lutz-V; Wertman-SC
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-125, 2010 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20038088
Abstract
Fire fighters may be at risk for crash-related injuries while operating excess and other surplus vehicles that have been modified for fire service use. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has summarized recommendations to prevent injuries and deaths while operating these vehicles. Fire departments with limited financial resources often craft fire apparatus out of excess/surplus military and other vehicles as an affordable alternative to new or used apparatus designed for fire fighting. Some excess/surplus vehicles are loaned to fire departments by the Federal Excess Personal Property Program or acquired through the Department of Defense Fire Fighter Property Program, or from state agencies. Fire departments are responsible for any modifications, maintenance, and upkeep of these vehicles [US Forest Service 2009].
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Mortality-data; Motor-vehicles; Emergency-equipment; Emergency-responders; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Transportation; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-measures; Occupational-accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Surveillance-programs; Motor-vehicle-parts; Case-studies; Training; Drivers
Publication Date
20101201
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Workplace Solutions
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-103877
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2011-125
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Services: Public Safety
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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