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Purpose
Purpose

  • Committed to Long-Term Results encourages long-term investments by chiefs and firefighters to enhance their health and safety. The ultimate goal is to institute a strong culture of health and safety within the fire/EMS service. This year’s theme reflects the need for organizational action that supports and encourages a safety culture.


Three key safety areas

Emergency Vehicle Policy

Always Buckle Up

Backing Policy

Speed Limits

Wellness & Fitness

PT Policy

Nutrition

Physicals

Fit for duty

NFPA 1500

Proper use of gear

Inspection and Cleaning

Safety Gear Inspection findings

Three Key Safety Areas



Fire

FIRE TRUCK SLAMS INTO WHEELING HOME

TENNESSEE FIRE TRUCK OVERTURNS; FOUR FIREFIGHTERS INJURED

2 KILLED AS CAR, FIRE ENGINE CRASH IN POMPANO BEACH, FL

FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER HIT BY CAR

FIREFIGHTERS SERIOUSLY HURT IN CRASH WHILE RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY

OREGON: FF INJURED IN APPARATUSCRASH

APPARATUS OVERTURNS WHILE RESPONDING... IN MARYLAND

THREE ILLINOIS FIREFIGHTERS INJURED... 1 STRUCK WHILE LAYING THE SUPPLY LINE...

EMT CRITICAL IN RESPONSE ACCIDENT - EJECTED - NO SEAT BELT

NORTH CAROLINA FIRE TRUCK OVERTURNS EN ROUTE TO WRECK


Accident statistics
Accident Statistics

  • 68% of serious accidents occur during emergency response.

  • 59% of those accidents are the emergency vehicle operators fault.

  • 12,000 collisions a year nationally involving emergency vehicles.

    • 10,000 Injuries from these accidents

    • Over 100 fatalities a year (civilian & fire personnel)

    • As of the end of April 2008 there have been 5 firefighter fatalities related to emergency vehicle operation.


Pwcdfr accident statistics
PWCDFR Accident Statistics


Fire

  • The Five Keys:

    • Aim high in steering.

      • Looking further ahead than other drivers

  • Get the big picture.

    • Seeing more around you than other drivers

  • Keep your eyes moving.

    • Being more aware than other drivers

  • Leave yourself an out.

    • Positioning in traffic better than other drivers

  • Make sure they see you.

    • Making yourself more visible than other drivers


  • Emergency vehicle policy always buckle up

    Reason to wear your seatbelt

    Seat belts can save lives.

    Seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury.

    Thousands of people who die in car crashes each year might still be alive if they had been wearing their seatbelts.

    It’s easy and only takes a few seconds.

    It’s the LAW!

    Emergency Vehicle Policy -Always Buckle Up


    Driving procedure seatbelts
    Driving Procedure – Seatbelts

    • Policy:

    • 4.1 All persons driving or riding in fire and rescue apparatus shall be seated in approved riding positions with seatbelts or safety restraints fastened at all times when the apparatus’s transmission is in gear.

    • 4.1.2 Exception: A fire and rescue department member who is providing direct patient care inside an ambulance shall be permitted to momentarily release the seat belt while the vehicle is in motion – IF IT IS ESSENTIAL TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE. When the procedure has been completed, the fire department member shall refasten the seat belt. Time without the protection of a seat belt shall be minimized.


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    4.2 The driver shall not begin to move the apparatus until all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment.

    4.3 Members shall not attempt to mount or dismount from a moving apparatus under any circumstances.

    Driving Procedure – Seatbelts


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    Driving Procedure – all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Seatbelts

    • Responsibilities:

      5.1 Immediate Supervisors

    • Ensure the safety of all apparatus operations and manage compliance with this policy.

    • Ensure members understand this policy and comply with the requirements herein.

    • Ensure that seatbelts are used in accordance with this policy.

      5.2 Members

    • Understand this policy and comply with the requirements set forth herein.

    • Use seat belts in accordance with thispolicy.


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    Driving Procedure – all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Seatbelts

    Penalties:

    • Any member who is seen not wearing their seatbelt while riding in fire and rescue apparatus will be subject to disciplinary action.

    • 6.1.1 Department of Fire and Rescue members witnessed not wearing their seatbelt will receive a Group One Offense- First Offense. Prince William County Personnel Policy 14.2 A1 “Neglect or carelessness in observation of departmental safety rules or disregard of common safety practices”, The member will receive a written reprimand.

      • Department of Fire and Rescue members who are assigned as the Officer of the apparatus have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of all members riding the apparatus.


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    Driving Procedure – all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Seatbelts

    • 6.1.2 The officer of any apparatus found to have personnel not properly secured with a seatbelt will receive a Group One Offense- First Offense. Prince William Personnel Policy 14.2”. A1 “Neglect or carelessness in observation of departmental safety rules or disregard of common safety practices”, A second offense will be a written notice and a 1-3 day suspension without pay.

    • 6.2 Fire and Rescue Association members will be disciplined by their department according to their established disciplinary regulations.


    Emergency vehicle policy backing
    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • Policy:

      • All vehicle operators shall avoid backing vehicles whenever possible. When backing is unavoidable, spotters shall be used. If a spotter is not available, the operator will ensure the path is clear prior to backing and a 360 degree survey will be completed prior to backing the vehicle.

        • The vehicle operator is ultimately responsible for the operation of the vehicle while it is traveling forward as well as backing.

        • When backing in any manner which will obstruct traffic, the vehicle operator shall use all warning lights.

        • All backing incidents that cause vehicle damage, property damage, or injury will be investigated by the DFR Health and Safety Office or Volunteer Department designee, and a PWC Incident Report Form (SIG-011) or Volunteer Department specific collision form will be completed. Pictures of the accident and a Police report will be required when property damage or injury has occurred.

          • The PWC Collision Review Committee will review the incident to determine if the incident is Preventable or Non-preventable for career members only. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken based on the circumstances, frequency, and severity of the incident in accordance with the Collision Review Committee Charter (Risk Management Manual, Section 702).


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • Procedure:

      • The following steps are to be completed prior to and during vehicle backing.

        • Ground guides will discuss the backing plan with the driver before proceeding. The communication/warning process will be agreed upon prior to backing the vehicle.

        • All members on the unit will assist with backing the apparatus. If a third guide is available they would position in the front of the apparatus to monitor any blind spots.

        • The driver will lower their window and remove their headset to allow for verbal direction from the ground guide if needed to prevent an accident.

        • Ground guides as well as other personnel shall not be permitted to ride tailboard positions while the vehicle is backing.

        • The standard signals shall also be used to guide a vehicle forward. The primary guide will be at the front of the vehicle.

        • Drivers are reminded that if a guide leaves your field of view, stop the vehicle and do not proceed until you have visually checked the guide’s position and it is safe to continue backing.


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • Procedure Continued:

      • Guides are reminded that if the driver leaves your field of view, reposition yourself in order to view the driver on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The primary guide shall stand to the rear of the tailboard so that full view of the rear of the vehicle is maintained.

      • When backing the vehicle out of driveways or in an L-maneuver, special attention shall be taken to prevent the front of the vehicle from striking objects that are located in the front blind spot. A guide shall be located at the front of the vehicle to guide the driver and prevent such vehicle crashes from occurring.

      • When backing into the station, all vehicles will stop and activate the parking brake prior to completely entering the station. This will allow the Plymovent system or other exhaust removal system to be hooked up while the vehicle is stationary. At no time will the Plymovent or other exhaust removal system be hooked up while the vehicle is in motion.


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • Night Backing

      • Signals will remain the same. The guide(s) will assure the spotlights on the rear of the vehicle are turned on before allowing the vehicle to be backed.

      • Guides may use flashlights, but at no time will they be directed towards the vehicle mirrors. This can lead to temporary blinding of the driver and a possible vehicle crash.


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • Hand Signals

      • To prevent vehicle crashes and injuries, a standard set of hand signals shall be used. The following signals shall be used by the primary guide while devoting strict attention to the movement of the vehicle. The primary guide will be stationed on the driver’s side rear of the vehicle. The secondary guide will be stationed on the passenger side rear of the vehicle if available. The officer will be positioned at the front of the vehicle watching blind spots, if not already being used as the primary guide on units staffed with two people.


    Spotters responsibilities
    SPOTTERS RESPONSIBILITIES all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment.

    • DIRECT THE DRIVER WHILE BACKING UP VEHICLE

    • AWARE OF SURROUNDINGS

    • ALWAYS LOOKING AND LISTENING

    • STOP ONCOMING HAZARDS OR VEHICLE BACKING UP

    • BE AWARE OF OBJECTS AND DIRECT DRIVER AROUND THEM

    • LOOK FOR GROUND LEVEL OBSTRUCTIONS AND ABOVE

    • VISUAL CONTACT WITH DRIVER

    • STAY IN LINE OF SIGHT WITH MIRRORS

    • AT NIGHT STAY IN SPOT LIGHT OR USE A FLASH LIGHT (NEVER SHINE FLASH LIGHT IN MIRRORS)

    • VOICE COMMUNICATIONS

    • MORE THAN ONE SPOTTER MAY BE NESSARY


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • In order to bring the vehicle straight back:

      • The primary guide shall be visible to the driver at all times

      • The primary guide stands facing the rear of the vehicle.

      • The primary guide shall hold his/her arms at a ninety-degree angle to the body, palms up, and bend the elbows simultaneously bringing the hands up towards the ears.


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • In order to guide the vehicle left or right:

      • The primary guide shall be visible to the driver through the driver’s mirror at all times.

      • The primary guide stands facing the rear of the vehicle.

      • The primary guide will motion the arm straight out from the body at shoulder level, palms forward and bending the arm at the elbow so that the hand is brought toward the ear.


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    Emergency Vehicle Policy - all passengers are seated and properly secured. All passengers shall remain seated and secured as long as the apparatus’s parking brake is not activated. Seatbelts shall not be loosened or released while en route to dress or don equipment. Backing

    • In order to stop the vehicle:

      • The primary guide shall be visible to the driver through the driver’s mirror at all times.

      • The primary guide stands facing the rear of the vehicle.

      • The primary guide will bring his or her arms up in front of the body, elbows bent, and fist clinched in an (X).

      • If necessary, the member can verbalize “STOP” to get the driver’s attention.


    Drivers responsibilties

    THE DRIVER IS IN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND THEREFORE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS MOVEMENT

    HE OR SHE SHOULD NOT MOVE THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE SPOTTERS ARE IN PLACE

    IF THE DRIVER LOSES SIGHT OF ONE OF THE SPOTTERS, HE/SHE SHALL STOP THE VEHICLE UNTIL THEY ARE BACK IN HIS/HER SIGHT

    IF AT ANY TIME THE DRIVER FEELS THAT THE SITUATION IS NOT SAFE, HE/SHE SHOULD STOP THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE SITUATION HAS BEEN CORRECTED

    THIS MAY MEAN GETTINGOUT AND PHYSICALLY WALKING AROUND THE VEHICLE AND DOWN THE ROAD WHERE THE VEHICLE IS HEADED

    DRIVERS RESPONSIBILTIES


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    What’s wrong with this picture? RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS MOVEMENTPicture #1


    Test questions
    Test Questions RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS MOVEMENT

    • Please Answer Questions