Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Throughout their firefighter training sessions, emergency personnel acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of firefighters. This means more than just putting out blazes, as firefighters are responsible for rescuing and treating victims when necessary, as well as operating fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

For these professionals, quality training is vital, as firefighters are more likely than many other professionals to become injured, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Traffic accidents are among the potentially dangerous situations these emergency workers may encounter.

Recently, firefighter Mark Haudenschild II of Indiana’s Washington Township Fire Department lost his life while driving a fire truck, Frost Illustrated reported. It is believed that the 26-year-old emergency worker lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to make a westbound turn on his way to a brush fire. The vehicle rolled over and struck three utility poles, trapping Haudenschild inside and ultimately killing him.

At this time, the true cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the incident serves as an example of how important firefighter basic training can be to rescue workers’ long-term safety.

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