U.S. Fire Administration, Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative, FA-336/February 2014

(pdf download below)

The Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (EVSI) was launched by the USFA (US Fire Administration) in 2002.  This partnership included the DOT National Highway Transportation

Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Joint Program Office. This 172 page document outlines the two primary goals for this initiative:

  1. Identify the major issues related to firefighter and emergency responder fatalities that occur while responding to or returning from incidents and while operating on roadway emergency scenes.
  1. Develop and obtain consensus among major national-level fire and emergency service trade associations on draft “best practices” guidelines, mitigation techniques, and technologies to reduce firefighter response and roadway scene fatalities.


To address the goals outlined above, the USFA established a committee of subject-matter experts (SMEs) to examine the critical issues that needed to be addressed in order to improve emergency vehicle safety This committee held several landmark meetings and developed an extensive list of recommendations which are outlined in this document.  

The effective use of 900 MHz based GPS preemption is one of the primary action items recommended by this study.

The committee was comprised of a wide array of people, organizations

and government agencies, including:

  • American Ambulance Association (AAA)
  • Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI)
  • Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA)
  • CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA)
  • Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
  • Firehouse Magazine
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA)
  • IOCAD Emergency Services Group
  • Medical Transportation Insurance Professionals
  • Mitretek Systems (supporting FHWA DOT-ITS)
  • National Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians (NAEVT)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
  • National Safety Council (NSC)
  • National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA)
  • National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
  • North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD)
  • Plano, Texas, Fire Department
  • Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE)
  • U S Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
  • U S Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


  • U S Fire Administration (USFA)
  • Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services (VFIS)


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