NJ Firefighters Patent Way To Get Timely Lifesaving InformationTitle
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
One of our astute members sent me an excellent article on the work of two brothers working to invent software using their experience as firefighters to help save lives. Seehttp://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/nj_firefighter_hopes_to_go_beyond_the_app_di_ionno.html
We must wish these brothers well.They have a lot of real world experience of the need to do better rescuing crash victims. In 1997, I had the honor and privilege to work on this problem with leading researchers while I was at NHTSA. In one of our papers published by NHTSA in 2005, we wrote:
“In future implementations, ACN and URGENCY information could save valuable time by alerting dispatchers that the crash severity information, e.g., rollover, near side impact, high Delta V, indicates heavy rescue teams might well be needed. In addition, since the ACN crash message includes the make and model of the crashed car, it is now
technically possible for heavy rescue teams to receive extrication information on the number of air bags, their location, and vehicle cut points specifically for the crashed vehicle – before arriving at the scene.”
NHTSA classifies these American deaths as “Not Taken”. The NHTSA fatality data is provided by year and by State.
The American people would benefit by a system whereby automakers provided the information sought by these brothers. The auto companies have the information. NHTSA has the duty to issue rules requiring such a national system.
The public needs to address the question: What’s holding NHTSA back?
We can all do better than we have so far. These brothers are trying to help us all.