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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Keep your head on a swivel

03/12/2009
Today's fire apparatus is bigger, heavier, handles smoother, and therefore it takes time to develop proficiency in driving and operation. Consequently, fire department training divisions develop unique and innovative means to assist drivers and operators with learning the dimensions and characteristics of the apparatus. From mnemonics to adjuncts, "tools" are created to assist drivers in mastering the operating parameters and features of the equipment. As this week's featured report describes, driver training exercises, and operations with new apparatus require the same level of attention as any other fire department operation where man and machine interact."Our F.D. recently took deliver...

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