CREATING AN APPARATUS DRIVER RESPONSE SOP

03/01/2005
BY MICHAEL P. DALLESSANDROEvery day in America, two responding fire apparatus proceeding to the same incident are driven in two different ways. One apparatus may exceed the speed limit, and one may not. One apparatus may come to a complete stop at an intersection. In the other, however, a person seated in the officer’s seat may exclaim, “We’re clear!” and the apparatus will roll through the intersection. Although both units are responding to the same incident, one of these responding apparatus is exposing your department to greater risk of line-of-duty injury or death and financial liability. The fire service needs to address how apparatus are operated on the road....

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