Alcohol & Fire Trucks Don't Mix

What fire officer would let emergency apparatus drivers drink a "few beers" and get behind the wheel of a 26,000-pound fire engine? Members of the Bovard, Crabtree, Greensburg, Latrobe, Lloydsville and Youngstown fire departments in western Pennsylvania...


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The conclusion reached by the participants and instructors was that the course was of value to all firefighters. They all say they learned that they should never drink and drive emergency apparatus or their personal vehicles. Some say that even though they could maneuver the course, that was not always an indicator of whether they should have done it.

Statistical assistance was provided by Kathy Baker; technical assistance by David Baker.


William Anderson is assistant chief of the Greensburg, PA, Volunteer Fire Department. He is an instructor in fire science at the Community College of Allegheny County and Westmoreland County Community College. Anderson is employed as a technical services representative/loss prevention for Millers Mutual Insurance Co. in Harrisburg.