Drive to Survive

Chris Daly
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Drive to Survive

By Chris Daly

“Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical responders. There isn’t much training to address this topic...Few fire departments prioritize driver training.”

– Chris Daly, author of Drive to Survive

**Test bank available for those departments wishing to include the book as part of their promotional exams or EVOC courses. Instructor validation required. 

Email Chris Daly here for more info. 


Drive to Survive: The Art of Wheeling the Rig provides an in-depth examination of fire apparatus vehicle dynamics. This is not your average “driver training” textbook. Fire apparatus operators must understand how a vehicle maneuvers at roadway speed, and more importantly…why does it crash? Just as a doctor cannot heal the human body without a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, an emergency vehicle operator cannot safely drive a fire apparatus without an in-depth knowledge of vehicle dynamics.

Drive to Survive goes beyond talking about pump operations, aerial operations, and preventative maintenance; it fills in the gaps between vehicle dynamics and crash causation. After 15 years of training and research, Chris Daly developed a training program combining his fire service and crash reconstruction training experience.

This book provides an in-depth knowledge of topics required in the following NFPA standards:

  • NFPA 1002 “Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications”
  • NFPA 1451 “Standard for Fire and Emergency Service Vehicle Operations Training Programs”
  • NFPA 1500 “Standard on Fire Department Occupational Health and Safety Program”

Fire apparatus operators will learn the limits of driving an emergency vehicle and will understand that no matter how long they have been driving or how good they think they are, at some point physics will take over and the vehicle will lose control.  

We can reduce the number of emergency vehicle crashes throughout the world by addressing key issues and providing emergency vehicle operations course (EVOC) instructors with methods to convey these concepts. Concepts you learn in this book relate to more than just driving a fire apparatus. These principles apply to anyone who drives a vehicle, including your family members and loved ones.


  1. Fire apparatus stopping distance
  2. Sight distance
  3. G-force and curve dynamics
  4. Understanding rollover crashes
  5. The friction circle and skid control
  6. Siren limitations
  7. Negotiating intersections
  8. Seat belts and occupant protection devices
  9. Railroad crossings
  10. Air brake operations
  11. Tire safety
  12. Drunk and impaired driving
  13. Overweight, oversized, and modified vehicles
  14. Retiring apparatus, out-of-service apparatus, and Annex D
  15. Tiller ladders
  16. Fifteen passenger vans
  17. Trailer operations
  18. Off-road driving
  19. Off-road recovery operations
  20. Backing the apparatus
  21. Driving in hazardous conditions: Nighttime and weather
  22. Distracted, sleepy, and fatigued driving
  23. Hose loads, wheel chocks, and electronic recording devices
  24. Developing driver training programs and selecting drivers
  25. Training ideas
  26. Emergency vehicle crash investigation
  • Appendix A: NIOSH firefighter fatality reports
  • Appendix B: Understanding the math
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  • 5
    Drive to Survive

    Posted by Michael Bauers on Jun 27th 2023

    A lot of great information for those learning to drive the big rigs.

  • 5
    Worth every dollar

    Posted by Cindy on May 26th 2022

    Fantastic it puts knowledge that an individual in the transportation or fire department would likely know into terms anyone can understand. It also brings forth new information and Claudia other information. Totally with the money

  • 5
    Drive to Survive

    Posted by James F Barger on Aug 31st 2021

    Well written with explanations that help to make sense of the topic. A book for any Instructor who it teaching Emergency Vehicle Operations & Control.

  • 5

    Posted by Barry Daugherty on Mar 31st 2021

    Excellent book, you will learn things that may save your life and others.

  • 5
    Drive to Survive

    Posted by Kevin Zukas on Aug 26th 2020

    Great book, loaded with information

  • 5
    Drive to Surive

    Posted by Phil on Jul 8th 2020

    Excellent, well written book. Gives an in depth real life explanation with scientific facts as to way bad things happen to fire trucks. This book should be mandatory reading for all those that want to be drivers of emergency vehicles.