Roundtable Replies: Seat Belt Policy

06/30/2011
This month’s Roundtable question was: Does your department have a mandatory seat belt policy? Is it enforced and who is responsible for its enforcement?  Does the officer have any culpability if a firefighter knowingly violates the policy and should he? Read Skip Coleman’s reply HERE. Thomas Dunne, deputy chief, New York City Fire Dept.Response: The FDNY mandates seat belt use on all department vehicles. Tight cab conditions, bulky protective gear, awkward belt mechanisms, and an inappropriate mind set are all obstacles to full compliance. Our officers are responsible for enforcing all of our safety standards. However, I don’t think you can effectively &ld...

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