Although not “rural” in nature, the inspiration for this article is my reflection on the horrific traffic collision in New Jersey late last month. For those who may not be aware of the incident, while operating at the scene of a highway incident on State Highway 280, an ambulance, a fire engine, New Jersey State Trooper cars, and several motorists vehicles were wiped out by a speeding dump truck that piled into the emergency vehicles
With an appreciation for what NFPA 1936 is and the clear understanding of the new metals and construction techniques of TODAY’S (not circa 1970s-1990s junkyard) vehicles, you will be armed and equipped to “own your rescue tool demos” and make the best purchase for your department.
We’ve added lithium-ion battery fires and the accessibility problem of where these batteries are located in electric cars, more than 300 pounds of added combustible metals to new vehicles, and this wonderful new challenge of lithium-ion battery smoke. It is imperative that you do your homework and learn as much about these issues as you can.
By Carl J. Haddon With the weekend of the Indianapolis 500 race hjaving recently passed, and my background of having spent some 30 years as a Motorsports Fire Safety Chief/Director, I thought it fitting to comingle subjects. Safety is focus number one when dealing with 200+ mph race cars. The dangers associated with being a...
The company’s latest endeavor is to bring awareness to the very large issue of grain entrapment that occurs in grain storage bins, silos, transport trucks, trains, and cargo ships.
Lithium Ion batteries and a large amount of Class D metals in vehicles are our future. Does your department have the information and training to be able to deal with these new types of fires? Might this information change the way you think about whether or not to stretch a line at vehicle accident scenes?
Fire apparatus, ambulances, and any other emergency vehicle should be able to be equipped with some device or technology that disables or deters (like lane-keeping assist technology that presently exists) vehicles headed into a working crash site.
From something as simple and very often overlooked as stable footing in icy conditions being corrected with commercially available boot chains, to traffic incident management in a place where it is dark during the day in winter months, to proper arctic weather rescue tool choice and crew well-being monitoring, we all have unique and common considerations that go into our vehicle rescue operations.
This small island does not have these luxuries. These brave souls have been tasked with both the duties of an ARFF company as well as those duties of a heavy rescue company without being able to increase their staffing numbers.
In the rural environment, there exist many common risk management challenges such as staffing, training, and response protocols.