Beatrice, Nebraska Fire Department Takes Seat Belt Pledge

Pictured from left to right: Darrin Allington, Julie Compton, State Advocate Kyle Ienn, Chief Brian Daake, Mike Massey, Aaron Burger, and Alan Viox.

Courtesy of KYLE IENN
Nebraska State Advocate
Everyone Goes Home® Program

Beatrice, Nebraska Fire Department members have taken the pledge to always were seat belts when riding in emergency vehicles. Kyle Ienn, Nebraska's State Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home® program, presents Beatrice Fire Chief Brian Daake and crew members with a 100% participation certificate for taking the pledge to be safe.

Firefighters continue to get seriously injured and killed when involved in an accident and not wearing a seat belt. Dr. Burt Clark has developed a Seat Belt Pledge and encourages all fire departments to take the pledge. This was done after Brian Hunton was not wearing a seat belt and was killed in an accident. Dr. Clark said the death of one of his National Fire Academy students had a profound impact on him.

When he learned that Firefighter Brian Hunton was killed when he toppled from an engine en route to a call, his seat belt mission started. His goal is to get every single first responder to buckle up.

"Firefighting is the most dangerous occupation in the world already," adding that it makes no sense to add dangerous odds. "It's all about accountability," he said. "Every single person on a truck has to accountable."

Mr. Ienn is working to get all fire departments in Nebraska to participate in this program and encourages firefighters to sign the pledge to support Dr. Clark's program. "It's a proven fact that seat belts save lives, and all firefighters should take care of themselves first, by fastening their seat belt when riding in an emergency vehicle."

The U.S. Fire Administration, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Fire Protection Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have all lent their support to the program as well.

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