St. George Fire Department honored for seat belt pledge _lowres

Photo provided by Eldon Ledoux -- St. George Fire Chief Jerry Tarleton, District Chief Frank Dellucky and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation representative Steve Shelton, from left, gather in honor of the fire department’s signing of the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge.

The St. George Fire Department recently received recognition from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for 100 percent participation in signing the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge.

The pledge is to buckle up whenever a Fire Department member is in a department vehicle, with the aim of reducing fatalities on the road, a news release said.

“Just as you need to get to the scene of a call quickly, you need to get there safely; buckling your seat belt is the easiest safety measure you can take,” said Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the foundation.

Wearing a seat belt has been a requirement of St. George’s standard operating guidelines since before it became a statutory requirement, the release said.

District Chief Frank Dellucky, who brought the initiative to Chief Jerry Tarleton’s attention, said, “(We are) … also hoping that the public will see that we are taking this seriously and they will do the same.”

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