The cost of fixed object strikes and similar incidents in EMS operations

This all-too-common occurrence is costing EMS agencies all too much!

By The VFIS Team on June 4, 2024

According to VFIS and Glatfelter claims data, fixed object strikes are among the most common type of emergency vehicle incidents!

From natural disasters to crisis situations, your EMS personnel face serious and big risks during operations. However, sometimes it's the smaller, more-frequent and less-villainized hazards that lead to incidents with big costs—like your ambulance striking a parked vehicle, tree, pole or equipment laying on the ground.

While these fixed object strikes typically occur at a low speed and result in minimal damage, the significance of the events and the importance of investigating them cannot be overemphasized. For example, what went wrong? How likely is this to happen again? Are there bigger issues at play?


4 Resources to help you prevent fixed object strikes and learn from incidents like these:

If your investigation leads you to suspect that a bigger issue is indeed at play, like a lack of ongoing training, it's crucial to act. Vehicles are not only one of your most important assets, but also one of your largest potential liabilities. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 198 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles in 2021 alone. Given the risk to your members, organization and community, selecting, training and maintaining safe drivers shouldn't be left to chance.


Bonus Resources - EMS Vehicle Safety


3 Tools to help guide your driver safety program:

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We believe that insurance is more than a piece of paper. It’s a promise to be there in the moments that matter, advocate for those who make our communities stronger and support all emergency responders while they do incredible things. If you're interested in how partnering with VFIS or Glatfelter Commercial Ambulance could make a difference for your EMS agency—please have your local insurance agent reach out!


The VFIS Team

VFIS is the largest provider of insurance, education and consulting services for fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads and 911 centers in North America, having pioneered the first tailored insurance package for this industry in 1969.


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