Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia

Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia

September 23, 2011 14:21 ET

Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia: Seatbelt Use

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2011) - Being on the front line response for most motor vehicle collisions gives the fire service insight to the value and importance of seatbelt use. Any fire service which responds to motor vehicle collisions on 100 series divided highways can attest that buckled-in passengers in most single vehicle roll- over collisions survive, while those where one or more passengers are unrestrained frequently result in fatality. Divided highways have certainly decreased the number of multi-vehicle collisions, but they also enable higher speeds and an increase in single-vehicle collisions.

The requirement of the NFPA standard aside, progressive fire services in Nova Scotia currently have standing policies, stated or unwritten, that all passengers in fire service vehicles must be buckled-in, and those responding in private vehicles are expected to buckle-up as well.

The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia supports Minister Estabrooks' position on seatbelt exemptions and would encourage careful consideration of the continuing exemption of school bus passengers as well. After all, our children are our future and we should protect them as much as we can. Seat belts do save lives and reduce injuries; emergency first responders should be setting a good example.

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