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2015 Washington State Training Conference
February 21-25, 2015
Yakima Convention Center
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“Officer ejected from apparatus in serious condition”, “Firefighter died of injuries sustained from being ejected from engine”. These are headlines from 2014! Why is this still happening? Doesn’t every department in the country have a policy about seat belts? Didn’t we all sign a seatbelt pledge?
My answer to this question is “Culture” we don’t want to change. Culture is deeply ingrained in the fire service. Part of that culture is to not speak up. I talked before about the fear of speaking up or reminding our brothers and sisters to do things safely. Seat belts are one of those “things” we have a tendency to not help each other out with. Would you let your partner go into an IDLH environment without doing a buddy check? No, because we have always been told that being part of the team is doing that for each other. So, why not do a “buddy check” before the apparatus rolls off the apron of the station?
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We in the fire service know there is a problem so why don’t we fix it? Firefighters are not alone in not wearing their seatbelts. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that at least 42% of police officers killed in vehicle crashes nationally over the past 30 years were not wearing their seatbelts. They NHTA also did a survey and found the highest use of seatbelts for the general public was in the west at 94%. The State of Washington has the highest seatbelt use in the nation at 98%...
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