Bedford County Fire & Rescue asked all fire and emergency services responders to stand down for safety Saturday in attempt to reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents involving response vehicles.
Bedford County Fire & Rescue says the stand down comes after two fire trucks rolled over in the last year and numerous small accidents that have occurred.
In July, six firefighters were taken to the hospital after a crash.
"With vehicle accidents being the second leading cause of
firefighter fatalities according to the International Association of Fire
Chiefs it is important for the department to pause and reflect on
ways to safeguard responders when responding to and returning from
incidents," said a news release.
Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue asked that all agencies, both fire and rescue, within the system participate in the safety stand down activity. These activities should include at minimum the policies and procedures and laws surrounding emergency vehicle operations being reviewed along with other activities of the agencies choice. Full time staff of the department will review the policies and procedures and participate in a driving course.