Safe driving procedures for emergency vehicles response.

Eergenvy Vehicles

Driving a large piece of equipment to an emergency scene not only takes training but also requires the driver to remember said training when responding to an emergency.  Flashing lights, sirens, air horns and responding to an emergency raises everyones pulse and gets the blood flowing with anticipation.  The driver must remain calm, in control and cognizant of all that is happinng around their emergency vehicle.
The information in this Module will provide you with proven practices, tips and procedures for driving emergency vehicles correctly to protect the general public and your fellow firefighters.

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Index to view one section at a time in this Module View
Safe Emergency Vehicle Driving View
New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws View
Maintaining control of your vehicle View
Arrival at the Emergency View
Examples of apparatus placement when operating on the highway View
Rapid air loss can influence the way a large truck behaves (Video) View
How to best maintain control when a passenger vehicle tire experiences rapid air loss (Video) View
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A PowerPoint Presentation containing additional emergency driving procedures
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Additional documents to help with Safe Emergency Vehicle Driving View
Guide to IAFC Model Policies and Procedures For Emergency Vehicle Safety
This document provides guidance for developing the basic policies and procedures required to support the safe and effective operation of all fire and emergency vehicles; this includes fire apparatus, rescue vehicles, ambulances, command and support units, privately owned vehicles (POVs), and any other vehicles operated by fire department members in the performance of their duties.
Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety in the Emergency Service
This project was developed through a Cooperative Aggreement (Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety Project - EMW-2008-CA-0593) between the Department of Homeland Security, United States Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Fighters. This Cooperative Agreement supports the 2005 Memorandum of Understanding on integrated projects between the US Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the United State Fire Administration
Alive on Arrival
Tips for Safe Emergency Vehicle Operation
Effects of Warning Lamp Color and Intensity on Driver Vision
The work reported here was part of a program of research on how warning lamps affect driver vision, and how those lamps can be designed to provide the most benefit for the safety of emergency vehicle operations. In order to understand the overall effects of lamps on safety, it is necessary to know about the positive (intended) effects of the lamps on vehicle conspicuity, as well as any negative (unintended) effects that the lamps may have on factors such as glare and driver distraction
Effects of Warning Lamps on Pedestrian Visibility and Driver Behavior
This report describes a field study that was performed to provide better information about how warning lamps for emergency vehicles affect the vision and driving performance of surrounding drivers, with special emphasis on understanding any ways in which those lamps might have negative effects on safety
Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer & Small Combination Emergency Service Organization
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration, established a work plan to examine recommendations from the USFA Fire Service Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative that apply to the volunteer fire and emergency services and to develop specific implementation strategies that will target the volunteer fire and emergency services
U.S. Fire Administration Traffic Incident Management Systems
The consistently high annual percentage of fatalities related to fire department response and roadway scene operations prompted the USFA to look at several aspects related to these collisions in an effort to improve responder safety
Emergency Vehicle Visibility and Conspicuity Study
This report was prepared through a Cooperative Agreement between USFA and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) at Oklahoma State University (OSU). IFSTA and its partner OSU Fire Protection Publications has been a major publisher of fire service training materials since 1934, and through its association with the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, it also conducts a variety of funded technical research on fire service, fire prevention, and life safety issues
As a result of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute ERSI‘s efforts, many of the White Paper‘s recommendations have been realized, yielding policy changes and improvements in equipment, training, and legal protections for emergency responders at work on the highways.
Traffic Incident Management Systems (FEMA March 2012) (Added 08/2012)
The consistently high annual percentage of fatalities related to fire department response and roadway scene operations prompted the USFA to look at several aspects related to these collisions in an effort to improve responder safety.


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