In February, a Kansas fire chief was crushed between two apparatus the Linn Valley Lakes VFD. The station was designed for two apparatus but housed three. A fire fighter thinking that he had parked the engine in the left bay too close to the tanker in the middle pulled it out and then backed into the bay. When he exited the apparatus, he found the chief crushed between the two vehicles. Very sad. Upon investigation, it was found that neither the backup lights or the audible backup alarm works. As you may imagine, NIOSH entered the investigation and found a lot of problems that we probably don't think about. The first thing cited was NFPA 1500 for firefighter safety. The citation mentioned that there was supposed to be a spotter, but there was no SOP so there was no training on it. That of course went along with the beeper and backup lights. It also mentioned the capacity of the engine house, that the engine was over 25 years old so probably was not equipped properly and had non-standard mirrors. The engine was retired from service later. This points out that NFPA standards should be looked at as "best practice". This small department will probably get whacked by NIOSH because the court will say that "best practice" was not followed, and they'll cite 45 other departments that are doing it correctly. It could happen anywhere.
One of the newest problems that fire fighters face is electric and hybrid automobiles. You can watch a good training video done at the Chicago Fire Department by clicking HERE