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Vehicle accident- apparatus placement

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    I am a training officer that is looking for information on placing apparatus on the scene. I am specifically looking for any type of pictures of highways and scenes to use in a power point presentation.

    Please direct me to any area or link for this.

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Look at Firehouse Magizine arcives Ron Moore just done a whole serses on that a few weeks ago maybe aug or sept.
    Is it time to change our training yet ?


    • #3
      Just a short story. Our engine was blocking traffic at a MVC, last week end, when it was struck by a passing motorist. Not a lot of damage to the engine but enough that a firefighter would have been seriously injured if the rig didn't take the hit.
      Apparatus placement is one of the most important things we can do out there, has some good info on the subject.


      • #4
        Check with your department of transportation. Believe it or not there are rules and regulations that should be followed. They may already have a plan that you could put into place as a SOP for your department.


        • #5
          The responder safety website is a really good place to start, and the SOG that is available there is a great starting point.

          Also above was a refferance to Ron Moore's work. There is an online video presentation (available on this website) he made at a FDIC last year (I think) that is very good. Lots of good images. I especially liked the description of the the 4-D's "Drunk, Distracted, Drowsy, and Dumb" when talking about the drivers we are worried about.

          Also, The VFIS folks have put together some great courses. We have adopted operation safe arrival, as well as the traffic managment program at our hall. Some really good video's are available as well. Check with your insurance broker or VFIS directly about train the trainer programs. included with the traffic managment course is a program which you can use to simulate roads, hiways and intersections and move the vehciles, cones, apparatus etc around on the screen. effective when done with a projector. There may also be some video related to traffic safety at the state farm site. I haven't gone out to find it yet, but its on my list.

          For training exersizes, it isn't always practical to go out and close the hiway. We borrowed some toy cars from our kids and drew hiways and intersections on large paper and did table top senarios. We worked through where would the cops park, where would the ambulance park, where are the exposures to traffic, and how do we best posistion our rigs to protect us, and what advance warning should we deploy. It gets the people engaged and dispite what they say, everyone was clamoring to 'drive' the vehicles in our table tops.

          If you would like to see the SOP we have revised from responder safety, I'd be glad to share it. it has been modified to our specific senario's and may not apply to your situation.

          SRFD905 - Serving since 1998



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