It has been a little since I have made a post. I wanted to start with a statement I heard from a speaker representing a national organization at a state health and safety conference. He was the opening speaker by the way. The topic was on firefighter safety. As part of the presentation the individual who held a chief level position said that he considered it to be an acceptable risk for his firefighters to be unbelted in the patient compartment of the ambulance.
I restrained from reacting right in the middle of the session of over hundred safety officers and chiefs, but have to confess that I am still troubled by the fact that anyone would consider this an acceptable risk when there are safety features in the patient compartment to protect our personnel. Granted, the safety components are not the best and the design of the patient compartment is drawing national attention including the NFPA who is creating a standard. We should be looking at ways to protect our personnel and challenging others, NOT promoting it as an acceptable risk.
What are your thoughts on acceptable risk of firefighters being unbelted in any vehicle?