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  • #31
    Most EV accidents happen at speeds well below 72 MPH, so setting that as a top speed doesn't help much. We use speed as advantage, but in a safe manner. We don't have the budgets or more progressive protocols that some of you may have. I'm not saying that we run pedal to the floor on each call, but I believe that the choice should be ours to make, and be governed within. Different areas require different equipment.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by ADC120 View Post
      Most EV accidents happen at speeds well below 72 MPH, so setting that as a top speed doesn't help much. We use speed as advantage, but in a safe manner. We don't have the budgets or more progressive protocols that some of you may have. I'm not saying that we run pedal to the floor on each call, but I believe that the choice should be ours to make, and be governed within. Different areas require different equipment.
      If you get right down to it, all one should have to do is to dial up the governor if they want to go faster than 72. They just won't get it from the factory that way.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by ADC120 View Post
        Most EV accidents happen at speeds well below 72 MPH, so setting that as a top speed doesn't help much. We use speed as advantage, but in a safe manner. We don't have the budgets or more progressive protocols that some of you may have. I'm not saying that we run pedal to the floor on each call, but I believe that the choice should be ours to make, and be governed within. Different areas require different equipment.
        Fair enough. Could you then explain to us what is so different and unique about your area that requires ambulances that can travel at speeds in excess of 72 mph?

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        • #34
          I am not going to defend of justify any of our policys on this fourm, nor would I ask anyone else to defend their areas. I assume you would know what is best for where you serve, as I would know what is best for my area.

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          • #35
            Why do people like to have every aspect of their lives and jobs controlled by the government i just dont get it. All this bull crap is going to do is drive the price up more so we really cant afford new equipment.There is not a problem with the way ambulances are now. Not one more life will be spared by all this bull crap. Just like all the useless BS they drempt up for fire apparatus. lodd numbers did not drop at all because 95% of lodds were from medical reasons not apparatus being unsafe their fighting a problem that dont exist.If I want to go 73mph i will do it, If i want to move while treating a patient I will do that too because im sick of all this ****.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Pa6050 View Post
              Just like all the useless BS they drempt up for fire apparatus. lodd numbers did not drop at all because 95% of lodds were from medical reasons not apparatus being unsafe their fighting a problem that dont exist.
              Well, I commend you with being passionate, but your 95% is way off. From the USFA LODD 2010 summary:
              • 52 Stress/Overexertion 61.1%
              • 11 Vehicle Collision 12.9%
              • 5 Struck by 5.88%
              • 5 Other 5.88%
              • 5 Caught/Trapped 5.88%
              • 4 Fall 4.70%
              • 2 Collapse 2.35%
              • 1 Unknown 1.17%


              And remember that NFPA isn't the government, its a committee comprised of industry representatives and field users alike. And if your department chooses not to follow NFPA 1901 (or any other NFPA pamphlet for that matter) then that's your business. After all, it's not a law, it's a nationally recognized standard. The only risk in doing that is explaining to the judge and jury why you chose to disregard a national accepted standard when purchasing your vehicle.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by Pa6050 View Post
                Why do people like to have every aspect of their lives and jobs controlled by the government i just dont get it. All this bull crap is going to do is drive the price up more so we really cant afford new equipment.There is not a problem with the way ambulances are now. Not one more life will be spared by all this bull crap. Just like all the useless BS they drempt up for fire apparatus. lodd numbers did not drop at all because 95% of lodds were from medical reasons not apparatus being unsafe their fighting a problem that dont exist.If I want to go 73mph i will do it, If i want to move while treating a patient I will do that too because im sick of all this ****.
                To add to what boxalarm had to say, what's to say that the LODD's we see aren't due to noncompliance with NFPA standards? While I won't say all of them can be related to noncompliance, I'm willing to bet some could have been prevented.

                Beyond that, what about the injuries to firefighters, or even injuries/deaths to civilians? Within the last few years I can cite a number of instances where compliance to just one section of NFPA 1500 would have prevented deaths/injuries. The Houston and St. Louis incidents where trucks collided at intersections when one didn't stop for red lights (the Houston one killed a woman). Massillon, OH where a man and child were killed by a ladder truck busting an intersection. West Des Moines, IA where a 16 year old girl was killed by an apparatus busting an intersection.

                EMS has their incidents, as well. I just don't have any off the top of my head to cite.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by ADC120 View Post
                  I am not going to defend of justify any of our policys on this fourm, nor would I ask anyone else to defend their areas. I assume you would know what is best for where you serve, as I would know what is best for my area.
                  Spoken like somebody who can't defend their position.



                  Besides, I didn't ask you to defend or justify anything. I only asked you to explain something.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Pa6050 View Post
                    Why do people like to have every aspect of their lives and jobs controlled by the government i just dont get it. All this bull crap is going to do is drive the price up more so we really cant afford new equipment.There is not a problem with the way ambulances are now.
                    Actually there are problems with the way ambulances are now. However, the industry is slowly making progress addressing some of it.

                    Attendant safety is a big problem. Many get injured or killed in crashes because they or equipment aren't restrained. The industry is working on solutions, but we still have a lot of work to do.


                    Not one more life will be spared by all this bull crap.
                    I would wager that somebody has already been saved by "all this bull crap".

                    Just like all the useless BS they drempt up for fire apparatus.
                    Could you name a few and who determined that they were in fact "useless"?

                    lodd numbers did not drop at all because 95% of lodds were from medical reasons not apparatus being unsafe their fighting a problem that dont exist.
                    Actually problems do exist and one of those problems is us. Some of the NFPA standards are the direct result of us not doing something we should have been doing.

                    Why do we have integrated PASS in our SCBA? Answer: Because firefighters were getting injured or killed in fires and they hadn't turned on their PASS before entering.

                    Why do we have red seatbelts and seatbelt alarms? Answer: Because firefighters were getting injured or killed in apparatus accidents due in whole or part because they weren't wearing a seatbelt.

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                    • #40
                      FireMedic049 if you want to load up your ambulance and fire truck with extremely expensive totally not practical safty devices go ahead but I dont want it and it should be my choice. As for who determined them useless I DID. If all this was practical and cost effective the industry and customers would have done it already. The most ridiclous one is helmet holders you cant tell me someone was killed by a helmet, no way you, can you be that blind and stupid. When is enough enough when an ambulance cost is $500,000 and a commercial fire engine is $750,000. This is my last reply to you because I can tell you are one of the 49% of the american people that have the mental disease.

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                      • #41
                        You kids want to take your spat to the PA fire boards ????

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                        • #42
                          I thought the fire discussions got heated at times lesson learned not to **** off the EMS people LOL.

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                          • #43
                            Tend not to agree with max speed in NFPA

                            I appreciate all that NFPA has done for safey - but I don't agree with the one size fits all standards on speed.

                            NFPA is a standard - were as the speed limit set by the state legistlatures is the law that controls the maximum speed of all vehicles using that road. Our legistlature is looking at raising the max speed on some highways to 75. I believe most states also have laws limiting the max speed of emergency vehicles.

                            I do believe is driving no faster than the road, weather and the type of call dictates.

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                            • #44
                              I will say that at 72 MPH on the interstate, You will be the slowest vehicle on the road.
                              Our speed limits are 65 MPH now and anyone driving less than 75 is a traffic hazard.

                              now on our rural roads some of them are a challenge at 25 MPH.

                              Let's not even get into the FUGLY chevrons that nfpa requires now.
                              or the requirement to have an AED. Duh it's an ambulance In addition to a 25K monitor/defibrillator we already have they want an AED.

                              As for the seat belt warning system We try to stay seated and belted, but you cannot do it all the time.

                              My ambulance sales rep figures these new requirements to make nfpa happy will add
                              $ 4,500-6k in price increases that will be passed along to us, the customer.

                              Some requirements such as the seat belt warning are fine for apparatus as the voluntary use didn't happen. Other requirements are just adding more expensive items to the already astronomical price of fire trucks.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Pa6050 View Post
                                FireMedic049 if you want to load up your ambulance and fire truck with extremely expensive totally not practical safty devices go ahead but I dont want it and it should be my choice.
                                As has been pointed out, unless the AHJ adopts the NFPA standard as law, you are free to omit those "extremely expensive totally not practical safety devices".


                                As for who determined them useless I DID.
                                And no one else's opinion matters?


                                If all this was practical and cost effective the industry and customers would have done it already. The most ridiclous one is helmet holders you cant tell me someone was killed by a helmet, no way you, can you be that blind and stupid.
                                Yeah, that one may be a little over the top, but I'm sure that somebody has been seriously injured, maybe even killed by loose equipment flying around in an accident - probably a rollover type. The requirement is in line with the overall objective of not having unsecured items in the cab and that certainly isn't "stupid".

                                This is my last reply to you because I can tell you are one of the 49% of the american people that have the mental disease.
                                I'm sad to hear that you won't be telling what all these "extremely expensive totally not practical safety devices" are.


                                BTW, What mental disease would that be, education?

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