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Christopher Brian HuntonFirefighter Christopher Brian Hunton, age 27, was a member of the Amarillo Texas Fire Department for one year. On April 23, 2005, he fell out of his truck responding to an alarm. He died two days later from his injuries. Brian was not wearing his seat belt.

Former U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade said firefighters should be outraged at the number of their brothers and sisters killed or injured in crashes because they weren't wearing their seat belts. "Wearing a seat belt is a basic safety," Cade said. "The firefighting profession is dangerous enough. There is any number of things you have to deal with on a daily basis."

Cade called the crash statistics numbing. In the past few years, more than a dozen line-of-duty deaths occurred when firefighters were ejected when their rigs wrecked.

The nationís former fire chief also encouraged personnel to sign the seat belt pledge. Cade said, ďItís voluntary. But, it shows commitment that the person recognizes the importance of safety."



Take the National Fire Service and EMS Seat Belt Pledge