Extrication Zone, Fireground Safety, Health & Safety

Roadway Incident Operations: What Is the Right Helmet for the Job?

Issue 10 and Volume 173.

By Brady Robinette The impetus for this article was the deaths and injuries of members of my department while working an emergency on a roadway last January and the questions that have haunted me ever since: “If they were wearing helmets constructed according to standards designed to protect their heads against the impacts they experienced, would the results have been different? Would the head injuries have been less serious?” Struck-by injuries and fatalities among our nation’s emergency responders at roadway incidents have become familiar news stories. In the first seven months of 2020, 30 roadway responders were struck and killed by vehicles while assisting the public.1 RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Roadway Incident Operations and Safety: A 20-Year Review and a Plan for the Next 10 Years Safe Interstate Highway Response Implementing An Blocking Engine Program NFPA 1901 and Fire Helmets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus…

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