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Preventing death and injuries of fire fighters operating modified excess/surplus vehicles.
Berardinelli-S; Koedam-R; Lutz-V; Wertman-SC
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
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].
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
Numbered Publication; Workplace Solutions
NTIS Accession No.
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-125
Services: Public Safety
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division