According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 1991 and 2000, emergency vehicles (EV) (ambulance, fire, and police) were involved in 301,404 nonfatal crashes and 1,565 fatal crashes . The location where most of the crashes occurred were at intersections , which accounted for 85% of all EV injury crashes . Between 2000 and 2009 (refer to Figure 1), EVs were involved in a total of 887 fatal crashes, resulting in 1,568 fatalities . The FARS database for EV-use crashes contains a collection of EMSP, patients, occupants in other vehicles, and pedestrian fatalities. To determine if the fatalities were EMSP-specific, individual case files would have to be analyzed by way of assessing driver seat location, rear compartment (if in ambulance) and type of vehicle.
(Figure 1)Emergency Vehicle Use: Fatal Crashes and Deaths (1994-2009)
Data obtain from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia