Apparatus & Equipment

Exceeding the Limits of Your Apparatus

Issue 7 and Volume 163.

By MICHAEL P. DALLESSANDRO In May 2007, I was invited to be a guest speaker at a spring business meeting for one of New York’s state associations. I delivered a 60-minute speech on safe apparatus operation, both responding and returning. Following my presentation, one of the state’s more senior emergency vehicle operations center (EVOC) trainers approached me to compliment me on my lecture. He also asked me why I didn’t spend more time talking about the vehicle and traffic laws that apply to emergency vehicle drivers in our state. All too often, speakers and instructors dwell too heavily on the legal aspects of driver safety and vehicle operations and do not spend enough time on its emotional or human element. They need to focus on what is going on inside the driver’s head or in his department that may have contributed to a particular fire apparatus accident or a high-risk…

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