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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 20—Safe Driving Policies

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important policies, guidelines, or rules that departments should have in place to help guide their vehicle responses.

Report: Florida Firefighters, Responders Lack Distracted Driving Training

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

A report from the Naples Daily News says local firefighters and other first responders don't get much training on distracted driving.

IN Firefighter Injured When Flying Ice Strikes Apparatus

Wed, Mar 27, 2013

A Wayne Township (IN) firefighter was hurt Tuesday when ice flew off another vehicle and struck the fire apparatus he was traveling in.

FL Fire Department Unveils New Fire Truck Simulator

Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue's Training Division recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art driving simulator.

TX Firefighter Dies After Being Injured in Rollover

Mon, Dec 3, 2012

Three volunteer firefighters were injured Friday night in a vehicle accident in east Texas.

Four VA Firefighters Injured When Fire Apparatus Overturns

Mon, Dec 3, 2012

Four firefighters were injured--two seriously--when their fire apparatus overturned yesterday in Bedford, Virginia.

ME Firefighter Injured in Tanker Truck Crash

Mon, Nov 19, 2012

A firefighter was injured Sunday when his 3,000-gallon tanker truck crashed while he was driving it back to the station in South Berwick, Maine, after being called off a fire incident.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by FL Fire Department SUV

Tue, Jan 10, 2012

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a fire department vehicle that was heading to a call early Monday evening in Clearwater, Florida.

Winter Driving Tips for Firefighters and Paramedics/EMTs

Mon, Dec 5, 2011

It's nearly winter, and firefighters will have to deal with the icy roads and motorists who refuse to change their driving habits to meet those conditions. Rob Raheb offers some tips on safe driving in icy and snowy weather conditions.

EMS Provider Ambulance Design Survey

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opened an online survey for EMTs and paramedics who provide patient care in the back of ambulances.

NHTSA to Investigate Chevy Volt Fires

Mon, Nov 28, 2011

In an uncommon move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement announcing the opening of a formal safety defect investigation to assess the risk of fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash.

TX Firefighter Loses Arm in Accident

Fri, Nov 25, 2011

A Pinewood volunteer firefighter lost her left arm when she was struck at the scene of a tanker explosion Thursday near Sour Lake, Texas.

Ambulance Crash Study Released

Mon, Nov 14, 2011

The NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) Fire Protection Research Foundation released a September 2011 Analysis of Ambulance Crash Data showing lack of uniformity in reporting ambulance crashes.

National Driving Standards: Is the Minimum Good Enough?

Mon, Sep 26, 2011

The basics are just not enough when it comes training fire and EMS emergency vehicle drivers and operators, says Rob Raheb, arguing for simulation training and a national training standard.

OTR2-Building EVOC Program

Tue, May 24, 2011
There has been a big push for safer vehicle operations for years. The latest push has been on seat belt use and has begun to succeed in getting more of our emergency service workers (EMS) and fire suppression members to buckle up.

Distracted: Dealing with the Dynamics of Driving Diversions

Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Too many times, drivers make small yet serious mistakes when operating the apparatus on the road. Rob Raheb provides some simple advice for minimizing driving distractions during emergency response.


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