Tag Archives: Safety

NHTSA Releases Ambulance Crash Data

According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1992-2011, there was an estimated annual average of 4500 vehicle crashes that involved ambulances. Of these, 34% resulted in injuries and 33 people were killed. Almost 60% of the crashes occurred while the ambulances were in emergency use.

NHTSA OEMS Ambulance Crash Infographic 2015-09

Click here for a PDF version of the infographic.
Click here for the ground ambulance crash report.
Click here for NHTSA safety inititatives and data.

Supporting Those That Serve So Many: Work and Travel With Safety in Mind

We wish for you a safe and happy holiday.

In 2010, there were 12,256 crashes at intersections in Ohio during the shopping season – 4,329 people were injured and 33 people were killed. Most crashes were angle and rear-end collisions, often caused by motorists following too close to other vehicles or misjudging the gap in traffic when turning at an intersection or driveway.

Please be extra cautious as you travel and work. To provide a margin of safety, fully stop at all intersection even if the signal light is green for your direction of travel. Remember that others may not hear your sirens or horns until you are in very close proximity. Park and work with safety in mind at scenes, especially those on or near high-speed roadways. We want you around to enjoy time with your family and friends.

USFA & IAFF Develop Best Practices for Emgy Vehicle/Roadway Ops Safety

USFA and the International Association of Fire Fighters Develop Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety

Emmitsburg, MD. – The United States Fire Administration (USFA), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), announces the release of Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety which highlights the results of a U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) supported initiative to enhance emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety for firefighters and law enforcement officers.

“With vehicle crashes and emergency responders being struck on the roadway being a major cause of on-duty fatalities, it is important for all first responders to avail themselves of these programs to reduce this tragic cause of death,” said USFA Acting Assistant Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. “We are grateful for the U.S. Department of Justice’s support of this emergency vehicle and roadway safety initiative which benefits the fire service and law enforcement alike.”

“The number of law enforcement officers and fire fighters killed in vehicle crashes and as the result of being struck by vehicles as they work at the roadside is disturbing and unacceptable,” said IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger. “The purpose of this program is to provide information to all emergency responders that will make their jobs safer.”

The goal of this project is to provide a basic guide for all law enforcement officers and fire fighters to improve their level of safety at work. The document discusses training, policy development, education, and technology to enhance emergency vehicle and roadway safety operations.

Further information on USFA’s emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety projects, may be found on the USFA Web site at: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/research/safety/vehicle-roadway.shtm.


FAA: Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Safety

Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations are unique due to the emergency nature of the flight. The FAA, operators, and the medical community all play a vital role in promoting a positive safety culture that ensures the safety of passengers, flight crews, and medical professional on these flights.

In August 2004, the FAA initiated a government and industry partnership that reduced HEMS accidents in 2005 and 2006. While the total number of accidents declined, fatal accidents increased sharply to eight in 2008. There were two fatal accidents in 2009 and two so far in 2010. While the FAA is pursuing new rules that support National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, the agency has aggressively promoted significant short-term safety initiatives that do not require rulemaking. The FAA’s has immediate focus has been:

Encourage risk management training to flight crews so that they can make more analytical decisions about whether to launch on a flight.

Better training for night operations and responding to inadvertent flight into deteriorating weather conditions.

Promote technology such as night vision goggles (NVGs), terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) and radar altimeters.

Provide airline-type FAA oversight for operators. Identify regional FAA HEMS operations and maintenance inspectors to help certificate new operators and review the operations of existing companies.

Click here to read the FAA Fact Sheet