Local Fire Dept. Attempts to Reduce Risk of Fort Lauderdale Truck Accidents

The Coral Springs Fire Department is taking steps to reduce the risk of fire truck accidents, according to CBS News 4 in Miami. According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are over 2,000 fire truck accidents in America each year. The Coral Springs Fire Department purchased a simulator to train the drivers of its fire engines and prepare them for high-speed navigation in heavy traffic.

“It’s able to give them scenarios they’re not going to see during the driving training,” said Coral Springs Fire Department Captain Mike Moser. “These trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. They are very dangerous. They have a lot of heavy equipment. Very heavy. That’s why we like to use the simulator because it’s safer. This device has been proven in other areas to help reduce crashes whether minor or severe crashes.”

The simulator is the first of its kind in South Florida. The simulator allows a driver to put him or herself in a dangerous driving scenario that he or she might see on the road without putting motorists at risk. Other truck drivers and fleet owners could definitely take a lesson by using these simulators as well.

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