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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Defensive Driving

Approximately 2,500 pieces of fire apparatus are involved in collisions each year, according to http://www.truckaccidents.org/statistics. Each collision results in an average of 1,100 injuries and fatalities and are the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities. Postcollision investigations typically find that the majority of these collisions are preventable. They often find excessive speed and a lack of driver training as significant contributing factors. Given the collisions are preventable, emphasizing prevention measures are essential to reducing their frequent occurrence. The wreck that doesn't occur is the wreck that saves lives. This week's featured report relates one example ...

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