Podcast: Riding the Tailboard, An Oral History

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Jan 24, 2017

Listen to the Podcast on the NFPA Podcast channel. 


It might seem crazy today, but firefighters dying from falling off fire trucks used to be a problem—from 1977 to 1987, an average of almost four firefighters per year died from falling off trucks. Today, that problem is virtually unheard of thanks in large part to the 1987 adoption of the landmark NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, the first fire service occupational safety standard.


In this episode of NFPA Journal Podcast, hear from fire service veterans Alan Brunacini, J. Gordon Routley, Phil Stittleburg, and Ken Willette, talk about what is was like to “ride the tailboard,” the fun, the danger, and how a few sentences in a big standard changed 200 years of tradition in the fire service and likely saved dozens of lives.


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Also, read an entertaining oral history, "We Drove Like We Were Crazy" on the creation of NFPA 1500 in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.