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NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
On September 5, 2002, a 17-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) was fatally injured after the tanker truck he was driving overturned while responding to a brush fire. The tanker was traveling south on a two-lane county road when it drifted off the right side of the road, causing the driver to lose control.
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Junior Volunteer Fire Fighter Dies in Tanker Rollover
The driver tried to correct the direction of travel of the tanker but was unable to recover.
The tanker went down a slight embankment and overturned trapping the victim.
The victim was extricated and then transported to a local hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
NIOSH investigators concluded that, in order to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should:
- prohibit driving by fire fighters less than 18 years of age and revise existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for driving fire apparatus so that they reflect insurance guidelines
- ensure that the radio in the driving compartment is within convenient reach for the driver
- incorporate specifics on rollover prevention in SOPs and driver training
Additionally, states should:
- consider developing a junior fire fighter and emergency service program that addresses the tasks that minors are permitted to perform in the fire service