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Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.
We are committed to reducing firefighter fatalities and injuries by helping to create a safer operational environment for emergency responders. The resources below contain best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.
Since the release of our publication “Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2004),” we have worked with many fire service organizations and the law enforcement community to increase emergency responder safety in this area. Our latest study report, “Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014),” consolidates the results of this work and provides best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response.
Topics covered include:
Project sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice, International Fire Service Training Association, U.S. Fire Administration
Free resources to help protect emergency responders at roadway inci... are available in the following topic areas:
|Advance warning||Blocking / Safe positioning|
|High visibility personal protective clothing||High visibility vehicle markings|
|Highway lane designations||Incident Command System and National Incident Management System|
|Line of duty deaths||National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management|
|Professional qualifications / Performance standards||Public education|
|Safety education materials||“Slow Down, Move Over” laws|
|Standard operating procedures and guidelines||“Struck By” incidents|
|Traffic incident management||Training|