FIREFIGHTERS UPSET OVER APPARATUS CONDITION

Tuesday, December 7, 2010  Volunteer firefighters in one area are so outraged over unsafe equipment that about twenty of them have quit, including the fire chief.

The New London Fire Volunteer firefighters met with its board members Monday night hoping for some... [ more ]

   


 

Technology Aids Apparatus Backing

Monday, November 1, 2010  We have often commented that backing accidents are almost always preventable and happen with frightening regularity. Not many months go by without reading or hearing about yet another firefighter that was seriously injured or killed when another f... [ more ]

     



 

Five Ejections, Three L.O.D.D’s A Deadly Month For Drivers and Passengers

Wednesday, September 1, 2010  After a year, 2009 where we saw a dramatic decrease in Line of Duty Deaths we now come to July 2010 where we find ourselves asking "Are we still really not getting it, that seatbelts really do save lives, yes even firefighters lives? July saw many... [ more ]

   


 

THINK BEFORE YOU DRIVE!

Monday, March 1, 2010  Usually this time of year when the preliminary line of duty death statistics are released for the previous year it is a time of great sadness as more firefighters have died that year than the previous year. But this year the news is good according... [ more ]

   


 

Anthropometric Study Answers Size Questions

Thursday, October 1, 2009  How big is a firefighter? While that sounds like a fairly simple and straightforward question, the answer turns out to be very complicated and leads to many more questions. The American fire service is now in the process of being examined, measure... [ more ]

   


 

Anthropometric Study Answers Size Questions by Gordon Routley

Tuesday, September 1, 2009  How big is a firefighter? While that sounds like a fairly simple and straightforward question, the answer turns out to be very complicated and leads to many more questions. The American fire service is now in the process of being examined, measure... [ more ]

     
Figure 1. The minimum seating dimensions specified in NFPA Standard 1901 allow a seat to be installed in a space that makes it difficult for many firefighters to sit comfortably and fasten their seatbelts. 
35"

Figure 1. The minimum seating dimensions
      specified in NFPA Standard 1901 allow a
      seat to be installed in a space that
      makes it difficult for many firefighters
      to sit comfortably and fasten their
      seatbelts. 35"

Figure 2. The minimum seating dimensions specified in NFPA Standard 1901 allow for the installation of 4 seats inside a cab that provides 88 inches of width and 35 inches of headroom above each seat

Figure 2. The minimum seating dimensions
      specified in NFPA Standard 1901 allow
      for the installation of 4 seats inside a
      cab that provides 88 inches of width and
      35 inches of headroom above each seat



 

CDLS: We Should All Be Ashamed-Part 2

Tuesday, September 1, 2009  Endorsements and Restrictions:
Drivers who operate special types of CMVs also need to pass additional tests to obtain any of the following endorsements on their CDL:
• T - Double/Triple Trailers (Knowledge test only)
&... [ more ]

   


 

CDL’s: We Should All Be Ashamed-Part 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2009  The CDL controversy has reared its ugly head again and so we thought it was time to revisit the issue and put out the facts as we know them to be. The facts for this column have come from a variety of sources including, The Federal Motor Vehicle S... [ more ]

   


 

Rollover Prevention

Tuesday, May 5, 2009  New Truck Technology 

NFPA 1901 requires apparatus ordered after January 1, 2009 to be equipped with a stability control system or pass a tilt table test. Additional advanced technologies are available on new truck specs, includi... [ more ]

     


 

The New Year, Positive Outcomes, and Seatbelts

Thursday, January 1, 2009  Recently there have been a series of apparatus rollovers and there is good news. You might ask what is so good about an apparatus rollover the answer a large majority of firefighters and officers involved were wearing seatbelts. So rathe... [ more ]

       



 
 
 

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