Elected officials do not see the value of their fire departments and firefighters learning new and better ways to operate or learn about the latest equipment innovations and development. Sadly, neither does the public.
At the risk of “piling on,” here is another article about COVID-19. There are many lessons learned from this worldwide pandemic. Some of these lessons will change our way of living in many areas.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard on Automotive Fire Apparatus, has a 22-page section titled “Purchasing Specification Form.” It is an excellent guide in developing specifications and communicating those specifications to your apparatus bidders/builder.
So, what must the fire service do? The answers aren’t easy. However, to get a start, the fire service must become educated and, in turn, the stakeholders and the public must be educated.
The 17-page report provides data on what the cost would be across the nation to remedy five identified shortcomings.
: The annual estimated cost of firefighter injuries is between $1.6 billion and $5.9 billion. This translates to an estimated cost per fire department that ranges from $50,000 to $200,000.
Unfortunately, there is very little discussion, compared with bunker gear coats and pants, on how to minimize the risks of carcinogens and other chemicals that create health hazards for firefighters.
This revision could be considered a cornerstone to much of what is happening in the world of reducing carcinogens and other harmful chemicals in the firefighting environment.
The use of a blocking vehicle makes total sense. It is an emergency responder life saver. Your department may have one. If not, explore ways of getting one.
The incidents of emergency response personnel and fire apparatus being struck while operating on the scene are well known. What is not known is how many of these (especially at nighttime) were caused by drivers being blinded by emergency lights.