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Think of road as a hot zone

A simple shift in mindset to help every engineer avoid and survive a collision


Four Colorado firefighters were injured when their fire apparatus collided with another vehicle.

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Fire apparatus spend countless hours each year traveling among incidents, transporting critical water, equipment and, most importantly, firefighters.

Any roadway, especially when stopped on the side of the road, is a hot zone.

Following are actions for every engineer to observe to avoid and survive a collision.

  1. Minimize your exposure time to all other vehicle traffic.
  2. Put as much distance as possible between you and those vehicles.
  3. Use other vehicles – ambulances and police cruisers – to shield the incident scene from intrusion by other vehicles.
  4. Move towards a warm zone with purpose and urgency.

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