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This document was a joint effort between the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS), Safety, Health and Survival Section (SHSS), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The need for this resource became clear after the NFFF’s Tampa2 meeting. Thanks to everyone that helped and contributed to this document. We appreciate the support from the leadership of the IAFC and the NVFC.
Published: August 2015
On June 16, 2003, at 1830 hours, during a heavy rainstorm, a fire department was dispatched to a high-water emergency. At the same time, a 30-year old male volunteer firefighter was in his privately owned vehicle (POV) on his way to the fire department to pick up a fire apparatus. He was heading east on a two-lane paved road when, according to the state police report, he drove over a large pool of water, causing him to hydroplane and lose control of his POV. He traveled off the westbound shoulder of the road and struck a billboard signpost. A civilian motorist that the victim had passed about one mile back came upon the crash scene and called 911.