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When Will We Have to Bury One of Our Own?

Emergency Vehicle Rollover AccidentsBy Kevin KupietzThe recorded firefighter death toll in the United States hovers around 100 almost every year. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that since 1984, between 20 and 25 percent of these deaths have involved firefighters responding to or returning from calls. Between 2001 and 2003, more than 16,000 fire apparatus accidents were recorded. Although the fire service has maintained good data on accidents for decades, the emergency medical service (EMS) accident data is not as easily as determined. A study of EMS fatalities by Maguire, Smith, and Levick suggests there is a yearly rate of 12.7 fatalities per 100,000 EMS workers. Th...

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