Emergency responder vehicle incidents (ERVIs) and being struck by vehicles are the second leading cause of U.S. firefighter fatalities, averaging approximately 20 each year. For career, combination, and volunteer fire departments, an average of approximately 16,000 fire fighter ERVIs and over 1,100 associated injuries are reported annually.
The goal of this project is to implement and determine the effectiveness of proactive risk-management-based training, administrative, and technological interventions to improve vehicle operation and reduce emergency responder vehicle incidents in career, combination, and predominantly volunteer fire departments. This will be accomplished through the following aims:
- Evaluate risks and design and implement interventions to reduce ERVIs;
- Measure program effectiveness and economic return; and
- Develop and disseminate model guidance materials for vehicle-related program interventions.
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