It was 21 years ago today that a Firefighter was struck and killed in the Line of Duty on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But in this case, his death was not in vain. He death-as horrible as it was-mattered and resulted in the saving of numerous other Firefighters, EMT’s, Police Officers and other emergency service personnel.
On March 9, 1998, Firefighter David Good was 38 years old and had 5 years of service as a Firefighter with the Lionville Fire Company when he was killed. He was survived by his wife Maryanne and two sons, Johnathan and Jason Good.
IN BRIEF-WHAT HAPPENED?
At 1438 hours, as personnel were loading the accident victim into an ambulance, a tractor trailer traveling westbound lost control and crashed into the Assistance Chief’s vehicle, overturned, and slid into the back of the ambulance and the other responders in that area. The Assistant Chief and a Firefighter with him in his truck were trapped in the severely damaged vehicle and had to be extricated by mutual aid rescue personnel using the Jaws of Life. Firefighter Dave Good of the Lionville Fire Company was killed in the line of duty. Nine other emergency responders were injured, three seriously.
HOW WE WOKE UP:
While cancer is the greatest risk we have to get sick or die from, as Firefighters-the greatest chance you/me/we have to die TRAUMATICALLY is while working on a roadway. ANY roadway.
The “Lionville” incident eventually led to the formation of the ESRI…Emergency Responder Safety Institute: www.respondersafety.com. Responder Safety-and the folks that run it-have made a huge measurable difference in our awareness of roadway survival.
Between the Lionville, ERSI, VFIS, IAFC SHS, IAFF and other good folks-Firefighter Good is truly remembered through training and prevention of what they experienced-19 years ago today.
From “those ugly stripes” on the back of your rigs to those “stupid hi-visibility vests” to “all those frick’n traffic cones” …these tools have absolutely helped more of us survive on the roadways. Rarely if ever seen 20 years ago, they are out there now-more than ever.
Since that time ERSI personnel and partnering organizations have worked constantly to build awareness of the dangers Firefighters and responders face while working at roadway incidents, to develop training aids that are available for free from the website, and to collaborate with government and fire service officials to develop standards, regulations and guidelines to protect Firefighters and other emergency responders at roadway incidents. ERSI personnel continue to work on more new training programs and educational material related to this subject and to pass along this information at fire service trade shows and conferences. Their motivation started with the death of FF Good-and hasn’t ended….
FIRE/EMS ROADWAY SURVIVAL TRAINING MATERIALS:
LIONVILLE FIRE CO PROGRAM:
IAFF/USFA FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY AND ROADWAY SAFETY
CDC FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY SAFETY INFORMATION: http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/NIOSH%20Traffic%20Hazards%20to%20FF%20on%20Roadways.pdf
IAFC HIGHWAY SURVIVAL INFORMATION:
ROADWAY SURVIVAL VIDEO:
USE THIS PSA FOR LOCAL MARKETING IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
FREE ONLINE RESPONDER SAFETY TRAINING:
EVR EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER TRAINING/CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS: http://www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com
DRIVE TO SURVIVE:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.