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Round Table Review - Seat Belt Policy

Just a quick recap of last question. Does your department have a mandatory seat belt policy? Is it enforced and who is responsible for its enforcement?  Does the officer have any culpability if a firefighter knowingly violates the policy and should he?
13 responses were all pretty identical (with the exception of 1).
All 13 said their department had a policy. Only one said that it was never enforced even with accidents and injuries. It was interesting that 4 of the responses we from other countries and they too had policies and enforced them.
Most said that it was the responsibility if the officer to ensure compliance.

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Comment by Skip Coleman on July 21, 2011 at 7:28am
Thanks Rodney, it seems pretty simple to me. Its a rule and follow and enforce it!
Comment by Rodney Beale on July 20, 2011 at 8:29pm
In our case in Australia - the simple rule is: The driver and all passengers must wear seatbelts at all times whilst the vehicle is in motion. (The one exception is during a running grassfire when the crew on the back of a tanker are directly involved  with the attack on a grass fire in open country at low speed -  when it is safe to do so.) This is strictly enforced, no ifs / no buts! This is law and is in the Chief Officers SOs,SOPs as well. The driver and the Crew Leader are responsible for enforcement, i.e. no belt no move, but also under the OHS act all crew members are responsible as seat belts are provided as workplace safety equipment and all must use them.

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