"The problem was that failure of Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Service firefighters to wear seat belts could result in injury or death if they were involved in a vehicle crash. The purpose of this applied research project was to determine if Tuscaloosa firefighters wear a seat belt in emergency vehicles and to make recommendations to overcome any obstacles to compliance. This research answered three questions. First, what are the seat belt practices of Tuscaloosa firefighters? Second, what are the attitudes of Tuscaloosa firefighters regarding the use of seat belts in department vehicles? Third, what are the perceived obstacles to seat belt use in department vehicles? This is a descriptive research project. Procedures included a literature review, interviews, an analysis of department records and a survey instrument completed by line personnel. Results were that not all Tuscaloosa firefighters are properly buckled up while on-duty, most often on emergency runs. The decision-making was based on a sense of urgency. Recommendations included reintroducing the personal accountability portion of the seat belt policy and renewing TFRS commitment to enforcing the policy. In addition, the department should develop a strategy for changing the safety culture to one of arriving safely as the top priority."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/