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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-90-016
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Synopsis: ABOUT 11:30 A.M., ON NOVEMBER 30, 1988, A TRACTOR-FLATBED SEMITRAILER OPERATED BY HY YIELD BROMINE COMPANY OVERTURNED AT THE INTERSECTION OF TWO FARM ROADS IN A SPARSELY POPULATED AREA OF COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA. THE SEMITRAILER WAS LOADED WITH 32 CYLINDERS OF A POISONOUS AND TOXIC BY INHALATION MIXTURE, 98 PERCENT METHYL BROMIDE AND 2 PERCENT CHLOROPICRIN. ELEVEN OF THE CYLINDERS WERE FULL, EACH CONTAINING ABOUT 1,500 POUNDS OF THE POISONOUS MIXTURE, AND THE REMAINDER OF THE CYLINDERS WERE PARTIALLY FULL OR EMPTY EXCEPT FOR RESIDUE. THE DRIVER HAD COMPLETED THE SECOND OF FOUR SCHEDULED STOPS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL: ESTABLISH, IN COOPERATION WITH COUNTIES, RADIO CHANNELS COMMON TO THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL AND COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Collier County, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MZ001
Accident Reports: ​Puncture of a Cylinder Containing a Mixture of Methyl Bromide and Chloropicrin Following the Overturn of a Tractor/Semitrailer
Report #: HZM-90-01
Accident Date: 11/30/1988
Issue Date: 3/23/1990
Date Closed: 11/13/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Date: 11/13/1990
Response: Safety Recommendation I-90-16 requested the establishment of radio channels common to Florida Highway Patrol and county response agencies. The Safety Board understands that a new statewide, 800 MHz radio system will be implemented beginning in early 1991, and that the system will include mutual aid radio channels for interagency coordination, including county emergency response We note that, although the Florida Highway Patrol does not have authority to mandate that county agencies use the 800 MHz system, it will work with county agencies to improve communications. The Safety Board believes that the Florida Highway Patrol should take an active role in urging counties to use the new 800 MHz radio system when it is available and when it will provide improved communications between State and local emergency response agencies. Establishment of the new communications and the commitment of the Florida Highway Patrol to improve communication with other agencies accomplishes the objective of Safety Recommendation I-90-16, which has been classified as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 8/24/1990
Response: I APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPLEXITIES ASSOCIATED WITH RADIO FREQUENCY ACCESS FOR THE MANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. IT SHOULD BE NOTED AT THE OUTSET THAT THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL HAS NEITHER THE STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY NOR THE PHYSICAL RESOURCES TO OVERSEE A MUTUAL AID RADIO SYSTEM STATEWIDE. THE NEW STATEWIDE 800 MHZ RADIO SYSTEM DESIGNED TO BE PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED IN EARLY 1991 WILL SATISFY SOME OF THE PROBLEMS DISCUSSED PREVIOUSLY; HOWEVER, THE NEED TO MAINTAIN EXISTING RADIO CONTACT VIA INTERCITY OR THROUGH MONITORING DEVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE NECESSARY IN SOME CASES. I ASSURE YOU THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ALL AGENCIES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS WHAT WILL BENEFIT THE MOTORING PUBLIC.

From: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 4/23/1990
Response: Established, Ian cooperation with counties, radio channels common to the Florida Highway Patrol and county emergency response agencies (Class III, Longer Term Action) (I-90-16). The City of Naples, Collier County and the Florida Highway Patrol are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate radio bases stations on frequency 155.370MHz (commonly called the intercitly or interagency channel) in Collier County, and further this requency is used statewide by public safety agencies for coordination. There are a limited number of mobile and portable radios using this frequency . Due to the different radio frequency bands and equipment limitations, the frequency cannot be used in all mobile and portable radios. The Florida Highway Patrol in concert with the other state law enforcement agencies have planned and will begin implementation of a statewide 800MHz radio system late in 1990 or early 1991, which will include mutual aid radio channels for interagency coordination. The mutual aid channels were mandated by the Federal Communications Commission for these types of new radio systems. Until the implementation of the statewide 800MHz system, no other than existing radio channels are available.