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Junior volunteer fire fighter is killed while responding to a brush fire with an intoxicated driver - Wyoming.
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 F2003-20, 2004 Sep; :1-9
On May 22, 2003, a 16-year-old female junior fire fighter died after the tanker truck she was riding in overturned while responding to a brush fire. The tanker truck drifted off the roadway causing the driver to lose control of the truck and to overturn. The driver crawled out a window. The victim was ejected and trapped beneath the front passenger door. She was extricated by emergency personnel and transported to a county hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. NIOSH investigators concluded that, in order to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. adopt the International Association of Fire Chief's Zero-Tolerance Policy for Alcohol and Drinking to prohibit the use of alcohol by members of any fire or emergency services agency/organization at any time when they may be called upon to act or respond as a member of those departments. Departments should develop written policies and have procedures in place to enforce this policy; 2. develop and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) that require mandatory use of seatbelts in all vehicles; 3. develop or revise existing SOPs to specify permissible and non-permissible tasks and activities for youth members participating in junior fire service programs; 4. provide training to driver/operators as often as necessary to meet the requirements of NFPA 1451, and incorporate specifics on rollover prevention in standard operating procedures (SOPs); 5. select and utilize only the safest drivers to operate emergency vehicles; and, 6. use caution when retrofitting non-fire service apparatus to serve as tankers, and, when this a necessity, ensure that the vehicle does not exceed its load-carrying capacity and meets the requirements of NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus.
Region-8; Fire-fighting; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Motor-vehicles; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-prevention
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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