While the operator of an emergency vehicle is responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle at all times, the crew must also take some measure to be of safe and make sure that everyone arrives at their destination and returns safely.
Downloadable Instructor's Guides
Topic: Apparatus Response
Teaching and Learning Domain:
Level of Instruction:
Time Required: 2 Hours
- Appropriate audio-visual materials
- Fire Department Safety Officer, 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association
- Essentials of Fire Fighting, 4th ed., International Fire Service Training Association
Motivation: While the operator of an emergency vehicle is responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle at all times, the crew must also take some measure to be of safe and make sure that everyone arrives at their destination and returns safely.
Objective (SPO): The firefighter will demonstrate a general knowledge of safety factors involved in responding to and returning from an emergency.
Overview: Apparatus Response
- Non-emergency Considerations
Instructors Notes: This drill is aimed primarily at the operators of emergency vehicles but the information included is beneficial to everyone riding on an emergency vehicle. The drill should be conducted as a interactive discussion so that everyone can benefit from the information shared.
NOTE: The terms "vehicle" and "apparatus" are used interchangeable in the outline. Both terms are referring to rolling stock operated by the department including non-emergency vehicles such as cars and vans. The term "driver" and operator" may be used interchangeable to indicate the individual that is in the driver position on the vehicle and is responsible for the driving and operation of the vehicle from the viewpoint of controlling the power train and braking systems.
Identify statistics that demonstrate the importance of safety during an emergency response.
Identify items that can improve safety during an apparatus responses and returning.
Identify procedures, policies, and practices that can improve the safe response and return of apparatus.
I. STATISTICS (EO 1-1)
- According to 2003 data from the National Fire Protection Association
- There were 15,900 collisions involving fire department vehicles responding to or returning from incidents
- There were 850 firefighter injuries associated with collisions involving fire department vehicles responding to or returning from incidents
- There were 980 collisions involving vehicles owned by firefighters enroute to incidents
- There were 85 injuries due to firefighters operating privately-owned vehicles going to incidents
- According to 2004 data from the United States Fire Administration
- There were 22 line of duty deaths of firefighters responding to or returning from incidents
- There were 20 collisions involving fire department apparatus that resulted in line of duty deaths
- While the statistics may not seem large in relation to the overall number of firefighter injuries and deaths, they should not be considered acceptable or part of the cost of doing business