Extrication Zone

The New Chapter in NFPA 1500-2018: Traffic Incident Management

Issue 3 and Volume 172.

By Jack Sullivan The number of “D” drivers operating vehicles of all sizes on roads and highways throughout the country seems to be multiplying daily. “D” drivers are those people who are drunk, drowsy, distracted, disgruntled, discourteous, disrespectful, drugged (legally and illegally), and just plain dangerous behind the wheel. Just before I wrote this article, another local firefighter was killed in the line of duty while working a traffic incident scene on an interstate. Three other firefighters on scene were injured, one critically, when a tractor-trailer operated by a driver who was charged with reckless driving and defective brakes struck the fire engine. Six U.S. and Canadian firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were struck and killed by vehicles in 2018: January 17, Los Angeles: Deputy Chief Russell Achord, 48, was struck and killed on U.S. 61 at a crash scene. April 13, West Virginia: Robert “Bob” Marshall, 57,…

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