Emergency response professions are vital for communities, and attention to detail can make the difference in the outcome of every call. Safety matters are especially important, and a commitment to safe practices can affect not only those in need of your services but also you and your team. Neglecting your own safety can endanger others, making it critical that you observe safety practices associated with your profession. A matter as simple as forgetting to wear your safety belt can lead to a deadly situation during the course of your professional duties, and the Seat Belt Pledge is a measure that encourages meticulous attention to such precautions.
The Seat Belt Pledge was developed as a result of the death of a firefighter. During a response to an alarm, a 27-year-old man fell out of the fire truck, sustaining fatal injuries. The firefighter failed to use his seat belt. The Seat Belt Pledge was designed to honor the memory of the fallen responder, Christopher Brian Hunton. The effort encourages first responders to take personal responsibility for their own safety by promising to wear a seat belt at any time that they ride in emergency response vehicles. Additionally, the pledge emphasizes the corporate responsibility of all individuals seated in emergency vehicles as they agree to insure that fellow firefighters wear seat belts while riding in response vehicles.
The life of an emergency responder can be at risk for many reasons, some being unpredictable and outside of personal control. The risk of being thrown from a response vehicle is dramatically reduced by the use of a seat belt. Additionally, potential for injuries in an emergency vehicle accident may be reduced through proper seat belt wear. Response situations are fast-paced and tense, and it may be easy to overlook the use of a safety belt or to dismiss its necessity. However, an unexpected situation such as being thrown from a responding vehicle can affect other motorists while reducing the speed with which aid can be rendered to those waiting for the services of the response team. Signing the pledge places a focus on the importance of this basic safety effort.
Our TrainingDivision.com courses emphasize important safety measures as part of the online curriculum for fire and EMT students. In addition to academic coverage of these topics, we provide practical opportunities to implement these practices during our on-site segment of training. You can prioritize simple issues like seat belt safety personally by making your commitment to wear your seat belt at all times as you ride in any vehicle. As you participate in your academic studies, you will learn about a wide range of safety practices and concerns related to your chosen response career. Your hands-on experience will provide you with the opportunity to view the importance of your seat belt as you engage in training activities. A pledge alone won’t save your life, but signing and committing to a safety focus will encourage you to place a greater emphasis on basic steps that can have critical impact on the success of your team during response to an emergency. For those who are already engaged in professional emergency response careers, signing the pledge encourages a renewed effort to monitor simple but important safety practices in the line of duty.