During the Stand Down period beginning on June 21, 2006, an emphasis will be placed on the safe operations of emergency vehicles and safe apparatus response. We strongly urge you to participate in this focus, as vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities. Begin by watching the video module on safe vehicle operations featured in the Firefighter Life Safety Resource Kit that is being mailed to every fire department in the United States. The additional resources listed here will help you develop apparatus driving and apparatus response programs tailored for your individual department.
There are ten NFPA standards that will help evaluate your driver training and apparatus programs. For ordering information pertaining to the standards, consult the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.
NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Firefighter Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1071 Standard for Emergency Vehicle Technician Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1142, Standard on Water Supplies for Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training Program
NFPA 1451, Standard for a Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training Program
NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Health and Safety Program
NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus
NFPA 1911, Standard for Service Tests of Fire Pump Systems on Fire Apparatus
NFPA 1915, Standard for Fire Apparatus Preventive Maintenance Program
IAFF Emergency Vehicle Safety Program, including case histories, instructor powerpoint slides and a resource guide may be accessed at www.iaff.org/hs/EVSP/home.html.
Fire Department Safety Officer, 1st ed. ; International Fire Service Training Association, 1998.
Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association, 1998.
Alive on Arrival: Tips for Safe Emergency Vehicle Operations, USFA, 2003. www.usfa.fema.gov
Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative, FEMA, August, 2004.
Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations, United States Fire Administration and the National Volunteer Fire Council, www.nvfc.org.
Ten Cones of Highway Safety, training video available from www.respondersafety.com.
"Safe Operation of Fire Tankers: Tanker Crashes Involving Fatalities, 1991-2001", United States Fire Administration, www.usfa.fema.org.
VFIS offers three courses dealing with driver training and emergency vehicle response. Information about the courses may be found at www.vfis.com:
EVD-401 Driver Training Program
EVD-402 Emergency Vehicle Response Safety
EVD-403 Dynamics of Emergency Response
Many of the articles, programs, and video resources listed above for Apparatus Driving and Safe Operations will also have information on apparatus response.
Essentials of Firefighting 4th ed., International Fire Service Training Association, 1998.
Fire Department Safety Officer 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association, 2001.
Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative, FEMA, August 2004, at www.usfa.fema.gov.
Emergency Vehicle Driver Training, USFA. 1991, at www.usfa.fema.gov.
Ten Cones of Highway Safety, training video available from www.respondersafety.com
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, section 6i, "The Control of Traffic Through Incident Management Areas," 2003 Edition.
Your Safety First: Railroad Crossing for Emergency Responders, January, 2003, at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2003-121/.
Centers for Disease Control-NIOSH, Hazard ID Series: Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters Working Along Roadways, June 2001, at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hid12.html.
Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations, United States Fire Administration and the National Volunteer Fire Council, at www.nvfc.org.
Traffic Safety Facts 2004: Large Trucks (DOT HS 809 907), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
VFIS provides a training kit on Privately-Owned Vehicles(POVs) at www.vfis.com/risk/risk_pov.htm.
TRADE: The Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) program is a regionally based network designed to foster the exchange of fire-related training information and resources among Federal, State, and local levels of government.