Safety 101 - Lesson 15

Defensive driving and seat belt use are a "dynamic duo" in driving safety, if we realize it and practice it.

The application to emergency services During the period of December 2005 and January 2006, VFIS conducted research into fatal fire apparatus accidents between 1999 and 2005. NIOSH data was used as the basis of the project. The study found:

  • In 28 of 36 incidents (78%)the driver was the fatality
  • In 21 of 35 incidents (60 %) recommendations were made for seat belt use and related standard operating procedures
  • In 13 of 35 incidents (37%) recommendations were made for the implementation of driver training programs
  • In 15 of 35 incidents (43%) recommendations were made for the development and implementation of standard operating procedures related to vehicle operations
  • In a11 of 35 incidents (100%) recommendations were made relative to driver training responsibility standard operating procedures being developed and implemented
  • 25 of 34 (71%) reports found seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash

Need we say more?

Lesson #15

SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES - Require AND enforce, their use!

Safety 101 - A new series from the technical and administrative perspective, designed to help you reduce emergency responder injuries, illnesses, property loss and death!


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.