C. Newer commercial trucks with fire apparatus bodies have had more fatalities involved than the custom trucks. Is some enhancement in cab/crew area design necessary to enhance the safety of those riding in these type cabs?
In conclusion the initial research conducted in this study indicates a situation where more "newer" vehicles are involved in accidents than older vehicle. Older vehicles, in and of itself, is not reported as a factor in these fatal incidents reviewed. Is the fact that newer vehicles are heavier, more powerful engines, are higher and longer making a impact in more frequent accidents?
If less than 67% of the fire vehicles in use today are less than 20 years old, and more of these are involved in crashes it raises a question as to why more emphasis is not being placed on the next "old generation" of apparatus, by looking into more restrictions on
- Refined design
- Mandatory seat belt interlocks
- Driver training
- Standard operating procedures
These are the recommendations of NIOSH, based on fatal accidents involving fire apparatus.
Based upon the contributing factors to fatal vehicle incidents, it is clear that human behavior issues play a major role in survivability in a crash involving fire apparatus.
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Dr. William F. Jenaway, CSP, CFO, CFPS is Executive Vice President of VFIS and has over 30 years experience in Safety and Risk Management, in the insurance industry. Bill is also an adjunct professor in Risk Analysis in the Graduate School at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He was named "Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year" as Chief of the King of Prussia, PA, Volunteer Fire Company, and is the author the text Emergency Service Risk Management.