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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Vehicle Collisions and Vehicle Fires

We constantly read and hear of secondary accidents affecting firefighters and first responders operating at roadway incidents. Many times, a traffic incident management system is not in place or one of its components has not been properly executed. This has resulted in compounding the difficulty of the original emergency incident when another accident occurs that injures or kills the first responder. The lack of policies and procedures addressing incidents on roadways further jeopardizes first responders and intensifies the hazardous working environment. Although we can never totally eliminate a secondary accident, we can minimize its effects. Although many near-miss reports focus on the ...

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