06/05/09 97 W - + 9 - 13 Robeson County Firefighter Killed Responding to Call

As surfaced by FireNews, Pembroke Fire Department member Matthew Douglas Tramel was killed this morning while responding to a call. About 12:53 a.m., the automobile he was driving struck a tree on Deep Branch Road. The 18-year-old volunteer firefighter, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed immediately. He was responding to a reported fire on Douglas Avenue when he crashed. Tremel had been a member of the department since April 7, and had also served about four months as a member of Pembroke Rescue. Read more from the Robesonian.

Wear your seatbelt folks, whether in the ladder truck or the pick up truck, it can save your life.
Olson - 06/05/09 - 23:25

Slow down. Buckle up. If you are riding the apparatus, either suit up before you leave and then buckle up, or suit up after you get there. But if the truck is moving, then the driver should not move until everyone is in their seat and buckled in. Period. There is no excuse to do otherwise. None. And strap/buckle/nail/tie down all of that stuff in the truck. It will hurt when it hits you.

If you’re driving a POV on an emergency response, slow the **** down! It will be there when you get there.

My thoughts are with PFD in this tough time.
DJ - 06/06/09 - 14:03

I hold PFD and PVRS in my thoughts during this difficult time.

I was once young… still am. But, a couple of close calls when I was younger helped me to learn to take a deep breath before I head out the door to the truck, be it official or POV. That rush of adrenalin — that’s when a small mistake can happen, and it can sit there till just the right time until it turns into a critical error. Not looking around… no seat belt… a missing piece of PPE... it’s all the same type of thing… something we normally do and forget in the heat of the moment.

This is just a really bad way to remind us all to make take a look at our daily habits and remember to take that extra second… and I pray with all my heart that we don’t have to do it again very soon…
CJS (Email) - 06/06/09 - 21:37

we have got to do a better job of “molding our future” in the fire service!, and it all starts with the fact that we are these young folks role models, therefor the “monkey see, monkey do” mentality automatcially should kick in, this kid was so young and i bet very impressionable, so i therefor place some of the blame on his co officers for not emphasizing this basic concept. IF THE VEHICLE IS RUNNING,,, WEAR YOU D@MN SEATBELT!!!
jhd - 06/07/09 - 14:20

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