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    Ok could someone please show me the link or answer the arguement in the fire house about the safety vest on highways. Do they need to be break away ( yes ideally its a good idea i'm just trying to find out the actually rules) About 50% say yes all vest have to have 5 point break away the other 50% say that you only need the break aways on NEW fire apparatus to meet NFPA. So which is the actual ruling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by volfireman034 View Post
    Ok could someone please show me the link or answer the arguement in the fire house about the safety vest on highways. Do they need to be break away ( yes ideally its a good idea i'm just trying to find out the actually rules) About 50% say yes all vest have to have 5 point break away the other 50% say that you only need the break aways on NEW fire apparatus to meet NFPA. So which is the actual ruling?

    Under the Responder Highway Safety section.

    Here is the link:


    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthread.php?t=104087
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    Ok so we have to have ANSI 107-2004 class 2 vest is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by volfireman034 View Post
    Ok so we have to have ANSI 107-2004 class 2 vest is that correct?
    Yes. They've also developed an ANSI 207 that's specifically for public safety that's an option.

    To answer your tear-away question, if you haven't already found it yourself, it's not a requirement. It's an option that many vest manufacturers have adopted as a safety feature.

    Also, it doesn't matter how "new" your apparatus is, as this isn't an NFPA thing. This is a federal law that applies to anyone working in the right-of-way of a federally funded highway. NFPA adopted into the standard that you must have a vest on the truck for every riding position. If I remember correctly, it also has a "requirement" for a certain number of traffic cones on apparatus.

    If you haven't already done so, go to the Responder Safety link above and visit the site. It has a link to the updated ruling, as well as a wealth of other traffic-related information.

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    Thank you for all your help

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    Also......

    PSOB benefits can be denied if your hit on the highway and there was no vest worn. Two cases in Illinois were denied due to the lack of proper safety gear including vest.

    We require them for all personnel whenever working on ANY roadway. The only exception is when wearing and SCBA and actively conducting fire operations. We also added an additional piece of equipment to respond with the first due on any of our highways in order to set up additional traffic blocking. Our police love this as it frees up an officer or two!

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    hey frosty can you post a link to the PSOB issue.

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    Here you go...

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/psob/psob_main.html

    Read the rules and regulations page and look carefully at the definition of intentional misconduct. That is where the failure of not wearing a vest would apply. Sneaky little detail that surfaced after a couple of jakes were hit on the road and their families had to battle it out in court.

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    Thanks, Frosty

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