65-2 #65 August 29, 2005
UFA Safety Message #2 Safe Response: Intersections and Congestion
UFA Health and Safety Officer/Sgt. at Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. Stay well and stay safe!
The FDNY REGULATIONS, Chapter 11, "Fire and Emergency Operations" state the following:
11.1 Preliminary Duties and Response
11.1.17 Officers shall require members driving the apparatus to observe the following:
A. Maintain safe control of the apparatus at all times.
B. Maintain a low rate of speed when traveling through congested areas; on streets under elevated structures; on railway tracks; on wet or icy pavement; on descending grades; passing over excavations; driving over treadle equipment at toll booths.
C. When responding to an alarm, drivers may proceed past a steady red signal, a flashing red signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operations. The foregoing provision shall not relieve the driver from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall this protect the driver from the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others.
D. Maintain a low rate of speed when approaching street intersections or turning corners. When turning corners no apparatus should be driven in excess of 15 mph.
E. Use extreme caution when delayed in leaving quarters, or when the normal route of response is changed, keeping in mind that other companies responding will not expect the delayed apparatus.
**Please refer to the updated Regulations, Chapter 11 in its entirety to get a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities (and how they might differ from what you are being told).
Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Office
Stephen J. Cassidy
Joseph A. Miccio