This program, Improving Apparatus Response and Roadway Operations Safety in the Career Fire Service, was developed by the Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) through a cooperative agreement from the United States Fire Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a result of this course, emergency responders will be able to apply basic strategies to safeguard their health and safety while responding to and returning from an incident and while operating on roadways. The IAFF has worked to ensure that its Occupational Health and Safety Training programs and instructor materials are the best in the emergency response community. As a result of that effort, the IAFF is recognized nationally as a high-quality training provider.

While this information is intended to be accurate, timely and representative of the latest developments in driving and roadway operations, we are in no way prescribing this information as the final authority in emergency response. Accordingly, the IAFF and the USFA assume no responsibility based on any representations made in these materials. Under federal, provincial and state safety and health regulations, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that its employees are trained to work in a safe and healthy manner. IAFF sponsored training is provided to assist employers in meeting their obligations. It does not, in any way, relieve the employer of its responsibility or liability for worker health and safety.

Printed copies of the Instructor Guide and the Participant Guide cannot be supplied by the IAFF. However, the IAFF authorizes the duplication of these materials exactly and completely from the electronic version included on this disk. In additional, exact and complete copies of this training package may be made for the purpose of increasing distribution of the materials. None of the materials may be sold for a profit under the provisions of public domain. These materials have been copyrighted under the copyright laws of the United States. Permission to duplicate these materials is conditional upon meeting the above criteria and may be rescinded by the IAFF for failure to comply.

To ensure that the program remains of the highest caliber, the Instructor Guide has been developed as a reference for those that will be teaching this subject. Additionally, this disk contains the PowerPoint presentation and the reference guides that are cited in the program. The disk also contains folders on every case study that is used in this course plus nine additional case studies. Each case study folder contains the NIOSH incident reports, police crash reports, news stories, additional photographs, and incident summaries. While all these documents are public records, the IAFF has redacted personal information from these files. We ask that instructors utilize these resources to expand their knowledge of the case studies and we also allow you to customize your presentation to include these materials.

Further, the Instructor Guide provides the instructor with a complete outline of the course, as well as objectives of each part of the program. The actual PowerPoint slides are included and directly correspond to the text outline.

To view a document, click on its title below. Once you click a document it will open in a separate window. You can then save the file(s) on your computer. The Guides are provided in Adobe PDF. The PowerPoint Presentations are provided in Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF (in full slide and in handout layouts). After you have finished you must close the document to view another title.

When you open a Case Study or a Supplemental Case Study the entire file opens. Your can view and save individually or you can select all and save to your computer.

In an effort to promote apparatus safety and reduce these preventable deaths and injuries, the IAFF and the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) have developed a joint campaign to generate awareness, improve emergency vehicle safety and educate members on the factors that contribute to accidents involving apparatus.

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