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    Default fighting vehicle fires with no scba??

    This topic has always came up in my head. We learn that breathing the smoke of all that senthetic material can be hazardous and/or cancerous to your health. What do you guys think about going on air while fighting a vehicle fire? What do you normally do? I notice a lot of guys don't bother to put it on.


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    Equipment is there use it

    You never know what may be in the vehicle


    Along with dumpster fires

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    Quote Originally Posted by chongo84 View Post
    This topic has always came up in my head. We learn that breathing the smoke of all that senthetic material can be hazardous and/or cancerous to your health. What do you guys think about going on air while fighting a vehicle fire? What do you normally do? I notice a lot of guys don't bother to put it on.
    They are morons who make the rest of us look bad.

    I have said it before and I will say it again- AIR IS FREE. There is no reason what so ever not to use it.

    On the dumpster fire thing, I have become a big fan of the whole fill it up from a distance until it runs over and go home tactic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    They are morons who make the rest of us look bad.

    I have said it before and I will say it again- AIR IS FREE. There is no reason what so ever not to use it.

    On the dumpster fire thing, I have become a big fan of the whole fill it up from a distance until it runs over and go home tactic.
    Bingo!

    I've seen too many dumpsters have the unexpected "pop", whether be from an aerosol can or propane tank.

    As for the car fire, SCBA on. To really get a car fire out, especially under the dash, you got to about climb into it. Can't tell me you can do a career of that **** and live a good retirement. Look at the thousands before us that get lung cancer, or other really strange diseases.
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    They (SCBA'S) are not put on the Fire Vehicles to look great.....they're there to use so use them.
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    With all the crap that is kept in vehicles these days, use the darn things. Pretty much all of the stuff you find in a house can be found in a vehicle, such as a meth lab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post

    On the dumpster fire thing, I have become a big fan of the whole fill it up from a distance until it runs over and go home tactic.
    I used to master stream them. That way there was also no hose to pick up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    I have said it before and I will say it again- AIR IS FREE. There is no reason what so ever not to use it.
    But it is so much trouble to re-fill the tanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxman View Post
    But it is so much trouble to re-fill the tanks
    Is it that much trouble? 1-2 minutes per pack if you have in-house cascade. 30 seconds if you are just trading bottles. Maybe you have to have an air unit come to your station and resupply, but that is what they are there for.

    I'll take that trouble any day to the harm it causes. Maybe you dont see it right away, but that stuff is cumulative and carcinogenic. It will be an issue down the road.

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    Hey another original thread....
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    I just never thought about it. I thought I should keep the SCBA in the new boxes so they always look good. Why use them for anything?


    What an interesting, new and novel thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer534 View Post
    Is it that much trouble? 1-2 minutes per pack if you have in-house cascade. 30 seconds if you are just trading bottles. Maybe you have to have an air unit come to your station and resupply, but that is what they are there for.

    I'll take that trouble any day to the harm it causes. Maybe you dont see it right away, but that stuff is cumulative and carcinogenic. It will be an issue down the road.
    I guess you didn't see the little wink icon above my post....

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxman View Post
    But it is so much trouble to re-fill the tanks
    Well I always put on air for dumpster or vehicle fires. Also, I honestly don't think its that much trouble to switch out your tank or re-fill your bottle. What's going to Be more trouble is when you take retirement and find out that you are dying of cancer

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    Quote Originally Posted by chongo84 View Post
    Well I always put on air for dumpster or vehicle fires. Also, I honestly don't think its that much trouble to switch out your tank or re-fill your bottle. What's going to Be more trouble is when you take retirement and find out that you are dying of cancer
    I guess you didn't see the little wink icon above my post.

    I was being sarcastic, folks.
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    Dang -- I was a hardcore leather lung untill I read this. yeehaw - I saw the light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auxman View Post
    I guess you didn't see the little wink icon above my post.

    I was being sarcastic, folks.
    Sorry Dude. I definitely didnt catch that. Too funny.

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    SCBA on the back? Yup. Mask on and using air? When needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chongo84 View Post
    What do you guys think about going on air while fighting a vehicle fire? What do you normally do? I notice a lot of guys don't bother to put it on.
    Always use it.

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    This thread is like Horse $hit on a wagon wheel.........it comes around every so often. Try using search first before you jump in and ask the same question that has been answered time and time again......
    Just my 2 cents.....
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    The question should actually be "Why wouldn't you use SCBA on a vehicle fire".

    It's really that simple.
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