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    Default The dangers of gas struts

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    We had a car fire several years ago under a families carport. When all was said and done and the smoke cleared, there was a strut stuck in the front wall of the carport, passing through the treated plywood and into the utility room. Needless to say, that incident helped us in making better decisions on fighting engine compartment fires.
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    Have a talk with Firehouse's Ron Moore. He has put together a great PPT presentation on the dangers of these struts at fires and in extrication....
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    It just happened again....... This time Sacramento, CA


    Here is the blurb from Billy G's Secret List.........There has been another strut incident at a car fire. Sacramento, CA Metro firefighter Chris Marsh was very lucky in January after a super-heated strut under the hood of car on fire exploded, sending the 1" cylinder through the vehicle's body and right through his leg before "landing" more than 50' away. "I moved to the passenger side of the vehicle and started to extinguish the fire through the front grill when all of a sudden, we heard a large explosion," said Marsh. The strut was so hot it actually cauterized Marsh's wound, just missing the 27-year-old's femur before exited through the back of his leg. Marsh is recovering and expects to be back at work next week. Similar situations have occurred to other FD's as well...one specifically in CT several months ago that is covered in the current issue of Firehouse Magazine, "Close Calls" Column, Pg 26. As we wrote, it's JUST a car fire-one where our risk should be minimal when we cautiously approach in/from a safe area w/full PPE and a charged & flowing line to cool & reduce the temps of the vehicle/strut areas. Also go to www.WLFD.com for additional details, new SOP's and photos of the CT. incident.
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    Thats where mine comes from.
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