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    Angry Fire truck crashes?

    Okay, I've followed these forums for a long time now. I've read about the Tac 4 suspensions, Rollover protection, seatbelts, now air bags in the trucks. These all are there to help us in the event of an accident. BUT, even all of these improvements cannot override one common denominator on the apparatus. "The driver/operator's"

    In the last 6 days there have been 3 (THREE) crashes involving fire apparatus hitting fire apparatus at an intersection responding to a call. They would be Daly City, Ca., Texas, and now this morning in L.A., Ca.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What is up with this???? There is no way that this should be happening. We cannot protect the public if we are not able to protect ourselves.

    Let's PAY ATTENTION when entering intersections! It is NOT A RACE! Who give a crap who gets there first?! Aren't we all doing the same job?

    Slow "WAY" Down or Stop, "make eye contact" with anyone else that may be in or near the intersection, then proceed through with caution. It's pretty sad that we will take such a chance at killing ourselves before we even let the fire have a chance at it.

    Please.....SLOW DOWN & BE CAREFUL @ INTERSECTIONS!

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    Maybe communicate on those things called radio

    I know the radio is a new concept

    But say hay joe I am approaching the intersection of main and grape

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    They're called accidents for a reason......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    There called accidents for a reason......
    Or why the term "crash" is being used more the term "accident"?
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    "Crash" is the preferred term by the USDOT. They are the ones pushing its use. They seem to feel like most "crashes" could have been avoided whereas "accident" implies something that probably could not have been predicted or prevented.

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    What is a radio? Again, before the start of time, (or 1972) we had policy that pretty much made it impossible for a single operator to talk on the radio while driving. But he could listen just fine. A good Engineer should also know just about where the other guys should be, even if coming from more than three stations. We also had policy that required slowing way way down for a stop sign and practically stopping in the intersection if your light was red. but, like already said better, this is why they are called "accidents" "Crashes?" Seems rather harsh and perhaps politically motivated? Dunno. Stuff happens. HB of CJ (old coot)

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    If these incidents happened at volunteer departments, would you still be saying that "crashes" is too harsh of a term?

    In my own opinion, both drivers are in violation of the law as it reads here in PA. According to the PA motor vehicle code, an emergency vehicle may proceed through controlled intersections after they have been given the right of way by the other motorists at the intersection. It also states that emergency vehicles must be operated with "due regard" for other motorists. The notion of "I have my lights and siren on, so it is automatically the other guy's fault" is not true here and has actually been enforced where some have gotten tickets.

    If two engines come to the same intersection at the same time, then the standard rules of right of way are in effect. Having the situation where one of the trucks is going through a red light makes it really bad. Didn't the operator even slow down coming to the intersection? How could they not see that another truck was coming to the intersection (and had the right of way)?

    To me "crashes" seems a lot more accurate. If they were following the law (at least how it is written in PA) there would not have been an accident, therefore, it must be a crash.
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    Preliminary reports indicating two different dispatch channels. Looking at the map of crash site (Garfield Ave. & Garvey Ave. at 000 address (intersection e - w is zero) Engine appears to be going out to New Avenue at 1,000 East and then down to Graves Ave. (Fire at 800 block of Graves) while the truck Co. was going to go south on Garfield and then go East on Graves to the address. D.C. interviewed stated Policy is to slow at intersections before proceeding. Google Map shows Garfield (N-S) is a 4 lane with crowded center and no divider. Garvey is a 4 lane divided with turn lanes and grassy divider. Building on N.W. corner is tight to the sidewalk on both streets. Would have restricted view. Will be interesting to learn if the Monteray Park ladder was tied up on a different call and the Alhambra ladder was not the normal truck company assigned. I would say that the majority of times apparatus crashes occur when there is a "Non-cyclic occurance". Something is not normal for the response. Is the regular ladder assignment in the same house as the engine? Then the driver would not normally be looking for a ladder from the other community. As you say huntPA, "Slow Down, and look". Better to take 30 seconds longer, than never get there at all. Good handout example for the EVDT class in Youngsville next week-end.
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    We are going to have our engine there for the basic firemanship class. I will be running it Sunday (taking the paramedic assist class Saturday).

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    Maybe if we would learn to SLOW Down at intersections and stop at red lights and stop signs alot of these issues could be resolved. Me department's policy is you must slow down and be capable of seeing all directions of an intersection before proceeding through. It is also our policy that all apparatus responding code or non-code will stop at all stop lights and stop signs before proceeding through.

    We need to get to the call to be of assistance to anyone. If we cause/get into an accident/crash we create a new problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    They're called accidents for a reason......
    That is the LAMEST excuse ever!!

    Relying on the radio is a BAD idea. You never know if the PD, EMS, or another FD has a run and will cross your path. I'm not of the opinion that a vehicle running lights and sirens has to absolutely stop at all red lights and stop signs. Sometimes you may have a clear view for several blocks and may have no traffic to contend with. Other times you may not be able to see 50' around the corner. It ALL DEPENDS on the specific intersection that you are dealing with. And you may have many different variables on a single run. But you SHOULD be able to stop at any intersection when you cannot CLEARLY see all the potential hazards. And you should drive accordingly.

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