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Vehicle data recorders track speed, acceleration and deceleration, braking events, seat belt usage and other metrics of ambulance operation. In the current edition of NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances, the installation of vehicle data recorders is suggested in the document’s annex. But in the upcoming edition of NFPA 1917, the NFPA 1917 Technical Committee has changed that recommendation to a requirement.


Installing a vehicle data recorder was only suggested in previous editions of the standard in recognition of the increased cost of installing a vehicle data recorder, and in consideration of potential market limitations. However, the NFPA 1917 TC now views vehicle data recorders as a needed safety measure, regardless of the cost, and has consequently decided to require their installation.


Vehicle/chassis manufacturers that don’t install recorders in vehicles under a certain weight are concerned about this requirement, as it would eliminate them from the market.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Should vehicle data recorders be required in all new ambulances? Provide your feedback on this blog – we’d love to hear your perspectives and insights. Just remember that in order for your input to be formally heard, you need to provide your comments through our technical process.

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