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Career fire fighter/emergency medical technician dies in ambulance crash - Texas.

Lutz V; Romano NT
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 F2003-05, 2003 Oct; :1-7
On January 19, 2003, a 28-year-old male career fire fighter/emergency medical technician (EMT) [the victim] died when the ambulance he was riding in crested a hill and was struck head-on by an oncoming vehicle. The victim was riding restrained by a three-point lap and shoulder safety belt on the passenger side while enroute to an emergency medical call. Following the collision, both vehicles caught fire and the victim was entrapped. The driver/paramedic was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated for numerous injuries and discharged four days later. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the office of the medical examiner. Although there is no evidence that the following recommendations would have prevented this fatality, they are being provided as a reminder of good safety practice. NIOSH investigators concluded that as a matter of prudent safety operations fire departments should: 1) provide defensive driver training to all emergency vehicle operators; 2) ensure that all drivers are trained and certified in emergency vehicle operations; 3) develop standard operating procedures for responding to or returning from an emergency call and monitor to ensure their use; 4) ensure that the load carrying capacity of all apparatus is equal to or less than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
Region-6; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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