LODD Anniversary: Illinois Firefighter Killed When Engines Collide

Remember the fallen with these
lessons learned

View of Unit 2 which was struck on the passenger side (left). Crushed front end of Unit 1 (right) (NIOSH photos).

NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

On April 27, 2004 a 34-year-old male part-time fire fighter died after the engine in which he was riding (Unit 1) crashed into an engine from another department (Unit 2) as they passed through an intersection.

Read the Report:
One Part-time Fire Fighter Dies and Another Is Seriously Injured When Two Fire Engines Collide at an Intersection While Responding to a Fire

Both engines/departments were responding to the same call for a structure fire. The force of the impact caused the front of Unit 1 to collapse inward and cause crushing injuries to the unrestrained driver whose legs were pinned between the seat and the dashboard. He was extricated and transported to the hospital for treatment.

The rear passenger of Unit 1 received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The victim, who was riding unrestrained in the officer’s seat, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

NIOSH investigators concluded that to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should:

  • provide training to driver/operators as often as necessary to meet the requirements of NFPA 1451, 1500, and 1002. This training should incorporate specifics on intersection practices.
  • develop and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs ) for seat belt usage, intersection practices, and response to mutual/automatic aid incidents.

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