The purposes of this report include: 1- documenting all fatal crashes involving fire department tankers since 1990; 2- analyzing the causes and common factors associated with these crashes; 3- highlighting pertinent case histories that show examples of the problem; 4- providing information on reducing the frequency of these crashes and minimizing their severity/impact when unavoidable crashes occur; and 5- providing example procedures and checklists to assist departments in reducing the likelihood of tanker crashes.TANKERS EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS Most people do consider driving uphill to be a risky proposition. ... A commonly followed rule of thumb is to use one gear less going downhill than you would use to go up the same hill. ... However, the driver should not overrely on the apparatus to maintain control of the vehicle and should still exercise caution, particularly when going downhill.
|Title||:||Safe Operation of Fire Tankers|
|Author||:||Federal emergency Management Agency, U.S. Fire Administration|
|Publisher||:||FEMA - 2013-04-26|