I belong to a vol. dept and our cheif has made it manditory to wear seat belts while driveing our large ( over 18,000.00) trucks. I dont believe in wearing seat belts even in my pov. i have been a fire fighter for over 20 years and have been to to many accidents but i have seen more people killed wearing thier seat belts than not. think the seat belt law is for insurance co to just pay the death benefit than the cost of hospital which is usually 2 or 3 times what the death befit would be.
i would say out of the last 5 years the 1000 accidents i went to 120 were severe and every death that we had the victum was wearing a seat belt. we have had 2 accidents where a person wearing a seat belt has died and the person right next to them not wearing a seat belt lived with no major injuries. both where head on accident s and impact was equal to all victums. air bags where not present in either case and one survivor was a driver and the other (in different accident) was front seat passanger. what do you think about seat belts. I do believe kids should wear seat belts and be in the back seat but that is more for driver distraction than safty. infants do need to be in chid seat i agrre with that.
Please give your opinion on seat belt in fire trucks over 18,000 lbs