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The report focuses on the collection of ambulance crash data, including fatalities and injuries from all 50 states, and the methods used to collect this data. The project stems from NFPA’s recent series of Emergency Management Services (EMS)-related efforts to develop a national standard for ambulance safety that addresses EMS responder health and protection and improved vehicle design and maintenance. Information on ambulance accidents was requested by the NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances Technical Committee to assist in identifying efforts that would have a positive impact on responder safety. The report was conducted with guidance provided by a Project Technical Panel of emergency medical service providers, data collection professionals, and other subject-matter experts.
A copy of the report can be found at www.nfpa.org/assets/files//Research Foundation/RFAmbulanceCrash.pdf.
NVFC and CSU Announce Scholarship Winners
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 CSU scholarships. Peter Rucinski of Reno, NV, and Dan Federico of Pittsburgh, PA, will each receive up to two years of tuition towards the degree of their choice from CSU. This is the third year that CSU has offered scholarships to NVFC members.
“We are grateful to Columbia Southern University for offering this outstanding opportunity to members of the NVFC,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “Congratulations to Chief Rucinski and firefighter Federico, who have demonstrated their dedication to the fire service, commitment to furthering their education, and their drive to achieve their goals through this scholarship opportunity.”
CSU, one of the nation’s first completely online universities, offers degree programs that are designed for busy individuals. Both Rucinski and Federico plan to use their two-year scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree in fire science.
Rucinski has been a volunteer firefighter since 1976 and currently serves as chief of the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Nevada. He is certified as a Nevada Fire Instructor I and II, has an American Heart BLS instructor’s card for CPR and First Aid, and has earned his Nevada EMT-B Instructors certification. As chief, he trains new firefighters as well as makes sure experienced firefighters are up-to-date with the latest techniques and information.
Federico is currently a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania as well as a career EMT and rescue technician. “They say you never stop learning, and in fire science you can’t stop learning without becoming obsolete,” Federico said.