Emergency Vehicle Safety Key Messages

Emergency Vehicle Safety Key Messages

  • Cultural attitudes regarding response and roadway safety must changee
  • Fire fighters are responsible for operating safely and following standard operating procedures
  • Perform an operational and safety inspection at the beginning of each tour
  • If any deficiencies, notify fleet for a work order
  • Inspect seat belts for defects
  • Review proper operation of seat belt usage-including being familiar with being seat belted and donning SCBA in the seat while belted
  • Mandatory seat belt use
  • Tools/equipment must be in a compartment or have positive locking holders 
  • Operate apparatus at a safe and responsible speed- SLOW DOWN
  • Do not proceed past a "Red" or "Stop" signal without coming to a complete stop (No Rolling Stops) 
  • Proceed through intersections exercising extreme caution
  • Use caution on curves
  • Posted speed signs for curves are calculated for passenger vehicles on dry roads and are too fast for fire apparatus in the best of conditions 
  • Adapt speeds for low risk calls and non emergency driving
  • Drivers must not be on cell phones, read computer monitors, or map books, ect.
  • When moving to opposing lane of traffic, ensure there are no oncoming vehicles and slow the apparatus to a safe speed: No more than 20 MPH
  • When backing up, the communicator must have radio contact with the driver
  • Respect roadway scene hazard
  • Use proper roadway scene protection and management procedures
  • Perforn a street familiarization and response drill
Responsibilities: 

Company officers, drivers, and members shall use extreme caution responding to and returning from alarms.