By signing your name by clicking reply here, I am hearby agreeing that I will

1. Wear my seat belt while responding to or returning from any fire call, whether Apparatus or POV.

2. Exercise Due regard while driving, regardless of the nature of the call.

3. Exercise Safety on the fire ground, and always watch out for the safety of those around me.

4. Treat all firefighters fairly and with equality. (regardless of sex, or race)

5. Promote training to everyone on my department, and commit myself into the training my department offers.

It sounds foolish, but hopefully we can start a trend to getting eyes opened to the way things should be. Please type Name and Department

Revised addition 28/FEB/08

I plan on taking the masses of signatures and printing off copies. I plan on going to Local Legislature and working my way up to the State level to try and secure some more support (via elected officials) to end this seat belt controversy once and for all on a National Level. Once I have secured my states ear on the matter, I am willing and prepared to move to other states in my area to also Lobby the movement as well. If you all are as willing as I am to make a stand, sign on board and be part of the Movement. I will be posting segments updating progress here and on my blog. I do plan on trying to get as many signatures as I can to show we have overwhelming support as well. Keep the Signatures coming, and thank you

Revision 05/MAR/08
I want to thank all whom have signed and for your thoughts and opinions on the matter. These names will be a great help. Feel free for additional commentary on the matter at a seperate forum Post started by my good friend FASNY Training.
The site is

This has been used to bump it to the top of the forum postings on the main page but also as a commentary and support section as we try to get this moved along.
Thanks again.


I am psyched at the vitality this has taken on today. Thank you to WebChief for sparking the newest wave of signatures. This new wave is inspiring to continue on the mission of pestering the hell out of any politician who will bother to respond. I have gotten at least a dozen "we received your letter and due to volume can't respond to all"
If ANY of you out there want to do more, start writing your congressional delegates. Include the pledge. Show them that we are truely 1 nation who is done with the lack of seat belt's causing LODD's
Thank you all again for all the help and your pledges.


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Thanks for the imput brother, been revised. Another post where I type faster than I think at times..... :)
Almost Gone:
I'm sure that many who have signed the pledge have been buckling up for some time, myself included.
It sounds as though you have been setting a very good example for your department and have been the benefactor of your safe practices. The idea is to get everyone else to do it.
You don't HAVE to do anything.
We can watch as others die for failing to do it or we can come out loud and strong against such a preventable mechanism of serious injury and death.
Do what you feel is right.
You're my freakin hero Art.

I mean that sans snarkiness.
John Turner
Lucasville Ohio
Valley Twp Fire Department
FFIa/Emt-B/ Hazmat Ops
You're right, I don't have to do anything. I guess sometimes I think I'm a bit funnier than I really am. Guess I'm just a frustrated comedian. I think the list is good. After reading about the almost daily deaths lately from avoidable accidents in the Fire Service, I hope that it can make a difference.

Consider this post to be my signature.

Southern California
Matthew Martin
Engine Capt
Death Valley FD
michael swinehart white pigeon MI
Christopher Smith
Black River Technical College Fire Training Center
Pocahontas, Arkansas
Lee Levesque
Lady's Island St. Helena Fire District
237 Sea Island Parkway
Lady's Island, SC 29907
My apologies to Engineco913 and those who have commented here. I didn't read through the entire list of comments before I made my initial post (above).

I guess I have a lot to learn about how other Fire Departments do business. In my Department (and all of the surrounding Departments), we do all of those things as SOP's and have for years. I figured that everyone else did what we do. Guess I should get out of my mayonnaise jar more often.

Good luck with your endeavor, I hope it bears much fruit.

I plan on putting seatbelts into a future Jake and Vinnie.
Great job on this, by the way.
Many of us go to conferences every year. We can take paper pledges, have them signed and delivered.
If this isn't a national movement, it will be.
Andrew J. Kinzie

Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department

Guilford County, NC

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