FDIC 2021: Drive to Survive

The class address topics such as vehicle dynamics, air brakes, brake fade, roadway friction coefficients, stopping distances, critical curve speeds, rollover thresholds, anti-lock brakes, hydroplaning, tire blow outs, drunk driving and seat belt use.
(Drive to Survive, YouTube)

Monday, August 2, 2021: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: 238 – 239

Christopher Daly
Firefighter/EMT (ret.)
Goshen, PA Fire Department

This workshop provides fire apparatus operators and driver trainers with advanced concepts not typically covered in a basic emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC). Sadly, an understanding of these advanced concepts would prevent many fire apparatus crashes, but driver trainers often overlook them. Among the issues addressed are rollover prevention, lateral g-force, siren limitations, and fire apparatus braking effectiveness. The instructor shares data he has gathered from more than 15 years of research and training. Attendees can bring the concepts back to their departments and use them as the basis for training ideas and practices for their driver operators.

For the past 14 years, “Drive to Survive” has been presented at FDIC. Using an dynamic PowerPoint presentation and creative teaching style, the class will convey important topics that relate directly to safe fire apparatus operations. Using videos, questions, and a direct teaching style, students will learn advanced driver safety techniques that are not typically covered in a standard EVOC seminar. The class will soon be supported by a textbook that is being published by Pennwell.

The objective of this class is to arm fire apparatus operators with advanced knowledge that will assist them in preventing a fire apparatus vehicle crash and also improve upon their own fire department driver training programs. The class address topics such as vehicle dynamics, air brakes, brake fade, roadway friction coefficients, stopping distances, critical curve speeds, rollover thresholds, anti-lock brakes, hydroplaning, tire blow outs, drunk driving and seat belt use. These topics are often overlooked in standard EVOC programs. However, this session will explore these issues in-depth and provide a better trained fire apparatus operator.

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