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Friday, March 16, 2012

RESPONDING FIRE TANKER ROLLOVER IN ARKANSAS

Arkansas State Police cite fire chief in Pea Ridge rolled a tanker truck accident.

PEA RIDGE, Ark. — Arkansas State Police say the fire chief in Pea Ridge rolled a tanker truck while rounding a curve when on the way to a fire.

The Wednesday accident resulted in Fire Chief Frank Rizzio with being given a written warning by a state trooper.

The Benton County Daily Record reports (http://is.gd/g4D2UC ) that Rizzio was driving the county-owned, 4,000-gallon tanker on U.S. 62 and rolled it onto its right side when turning onto Rose Street in Avoca.

Rizzio was treated and released at a hospital.

The warning was for failure to maintain control.

A tow truck from Tontitown hauled the damaged tanker away.
HERE IS THE USFA training document: Safe Operations of Fire Tankers: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-248.pdf The above manual provides excellent information regarding the safety practices and principles of fire tanker vehicles for fire departments. Safe Operation of Fire Tankers provides information related to human performance (driver training, operations, etc), technology (vehicle design), to enhance the safety of fire tanker operations. 


The manual also examines past incidents of crashes involving fire tankers that have killed Firefighters with a focus on how these fatalities could have been prevented. Fire departments will find Safe Operation of Fire Tankers a valuable resource providing information related to the current and applicable federal standards and regulations as well as national-level consensus standards and guidelines.