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    Default Your basic car fire (good video)

    Just came across this and thought I would share. Good engine
    placement to protect the personnel.

    http://www.collegehumor.com/?movie_id=155118

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    You beat me to it I watch all the videos on collegehumor all the time. The site rules. Also any of you who want to view it , have the newest windows media update and a broadband connection otherwise you'll be there all day.
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    Default Re: Your basic car fire (good video)

    Originally posted by CALFFBOU
    Just came across this and thought I would share. Good engine
    placement to protect the personnel.

    http://www.collegehumor.com/?movie_id=155118

    -Bou
    Cool video.

    The engine was in a good spot, except for being down wind (hope the engineer had an SCBA). I dont think I would attack from the end of the car though. Ever seen how far thoes shock loaded bumpers fly?
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    Default Hmmm...

    Now that I think of it...

    I still like the engine spot. Protecting the crew
    with big red and the emergency lights.

    Now seriously-

    The video camera was just in the right place, right
    time. The fire extinguisher didnt work (convienent)
    and they documented it on tape.

    Hmmmm...Maybe it was just time for a new car? Scott
    Peterson driving?
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    As a Fire Fighter..it was a great video
    As a car guy I wanted to cry

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    I dont have much experience with car fires, so I have a question. When you fight a car fire should you attack from the rear of the car and go forward, to keep the same concept as when fighting a house fire, this being that the fire is in the engine compartment?

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    Always fight a car fire from the side. Don't stand in front or rear; the bumpers can fly off and hurt you.

    If it is in the engine compartment, open the hood (from the side, if possible) and fight the fire from the side.

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    the bumpers can fly off and hurt you
    Lots of bumpers these days are not shock loaded and are made of styrofoam with a plastic cover, but good advice still.

    I'm more concerned with piston struts being used in hoods/trunks and their reaction once they heat up.
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    There's nothing here to criticize.

    Engine was placed appropriately to protect them from the largest hazard (traffic). From what was seen, the smoke was easily clearing the Engine...so it was parked far enough away so you don't have to worry about the pump operator. The Officer & Firefighters did a good, quick, efficient move in and knock down. They didn't have the resources to shutdown the road, so they made the best and blocked their work area off and made a quick attack from the rear roadside corner towards the grass so their stream didn't inadvertently hit traffic.

    Are there things to learn? Well, a good discussion is fine and that can be done without picking nits.

    Attack the fire quickly, efficiently, and in the safest way practical which generally means start from a corner.

    The sooner you put water on the fire and knock it down, the sooner everything starts to cool and things get safer.

    Corners are safest to start with -- bumpers, struts can go front/back. Tires and cargo inside can go side-to-side (ever see which way a gun rack is pointed in most trucks ) Corners are the least hazardous of a hazardous activity. Start from that position to knock down the fire and cool things off and then move into overhaul. Stay mindful of "danger zones" like bumpers and struts as you're overhauling. But the sooner the fire is knocked down, the sooner things start to become safer.

    As to where to start, doesn't really matter unless you see a particular hazard -- hmmm, gas tank in the back seat, better cool that off first. Usually I hit the tires on the approach, hit the passenger compartment to darken it, hit the engine to knock down the biggest source of heat/fuel driving the fire, move around to hit the tires on the other side, then finish up the passenger compartment. Unless you have an RV, you're not going to push the fire anywhere. I'm sure people have done it, but I can't imagine having a handline that flows enough to push a fire in a car but not enough to instantly knock the fire down. Not everything burns on every car fire, so even the above order will vary!
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    Looked to me like Billy Bob's home-grown modifications didn't work out. Nice job from the FD--I think the approach was kind of from the back corner rather than the true back. Sometimes there is no perfect way to approach them, but I think these guys did a nice, safe job.

    Dang good response time, too. Just goes to show how fast a vehicle can go up.
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    Good post GimliOnFire.
    Totally forgot about the direction of a gun rack. You just may have saved my life! I know I have asked if there is ammo in the vehicle when I have seen a gun rack but never thought about the guns being mounted and loaded.
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    Man...

    I lost my Turbo Supra similar to that. Bad memories, I have to feel sorry for the kid, looked like he put some cash into that car. I had 30g (yes that is 30 thousand) in parts alone on my supra. I felt like crap watching my own car burn after all the hours put into it.

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    What I found amusing was that the fire is TINY when they first start filming....OK, they didn't have a functional extinguisher, but I'd think they could have thrown some dirt on it, ******ed on it, tossed a Big Gulp at it... anything to keep it from spreading...No, wait, better idea...get the camera, let's get some close-ups before it spreads!

    Hmmmm...Maybe it was just time for a new car?
    Hmmm...maybe....
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    interesting video and I too think the FD did a textbook job....
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    Good job by the FD.

    It looks like the air bag modules are missing from the steering wheel and passenger dash. I wonder what other mods were done to the vehicle.

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