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Volunteer fire fighter dies after being struck by motor vehicle on interstate highway - Mississippi.
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, FACE F2002-13, 2003 Apr; :1-6
On March 20, 2002, a 19-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (victim) died after he was struck by a car along an interstate highway. The victim responded to a motor vehicle incident located on the shoulder of the outer southbound lane. While on the shoulder of the outer lane, he was struck by a car which threw him into traffic where he was struck by a southbound pickup truck. He landed on the grassy median. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The NIOSH investigator concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar incidents, fire departments should: 1. develop, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding emergency operations for highway incidents; 2. ensure that fire fighters establish a protected work area before safely turning their attention to the emergency; 3. consider limiting or restricting the response of their members in their privately owned vehicles (POVs) to high-volume limited access highway incidents; 4. develop and implement pre-incident plans regarding traffic control for emergency service incidents
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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