Leadership

STRUCK IN TRAFFIC

Issue 1 and Volume 147.

STRUCK IN TRAFFIC EDITOR’S OPINION Over the past five years, the fire service has been inspired to a greater awareness of apparatus safety and maintenance. This inspiration has translated into real gains-the number of firefighters injured and killed in apparatus accidents is declining. Still, the NFFA reports that in 1992 there were 11,500 accidents involving fire department emergency vehicles-resulting in 1,050 firefighter injuries-and seven firefighters died en route to emergency incidents. The potential for firefighter injury and death on the roads is everpresent. Although we will never eliminate that potential so long as people operate moving machines, the reality is that most apparatus accidents are preventable. The majority of apparatus accidents inevitably are traced to failures in apparatus management/maintenance, operator training, negligent civilian drivers, and/or common safety sense. The fire service should not have to endure any more Catlett Virginias or Waterbury Connecticuts or Shepherdsville Kentuckys or numerous other tragedies,…

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