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    I didn't know where else to post this, but can someone tell me why Chicago is basically the only department left in the U.S. that still uses 3/4 boots and not bunker pants? Is it because of tradition only, or some other reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DugdogFiredog
    I didn't know where else to post this, but can someone tell me why Chicago is basically the only department left in the U.S. that still uses 3/4 boots and not bunker pants? Is it because of tradition only, or some other reason?
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    Thanks fellas. I wasn't aware Boston had the option too.

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    Default lil help

    can someone tell me why do you cut a battery cable at an car wreck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by topfloor
    can someone tell me why do you cut a battery cable at an car wreck?
    We normally don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topfloor
    can someone tell me why do you cut a battery cable at an car wreck?
    Air bags for one reason

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    in many cars the air bags stay on even after the battery has been cut. Some models have a backup battery supply that can cause the air bags to deploy up to an hour after the battery has been disconnected.

    The main reason for cutting or disconnecting the battery cable is risk of fire or electrical shock.
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    We usually try to disconnect cables w/o cutting, but in some cars, you just can't get in there. If we can't, or if you we have time to screw around with it, we cut them, for the reasons other people have named - airbag deactivation, vehicle deactivation, fire and electrical safety.

    As a side note, if you are going to cut cables, make sure that you've done everything electrical that you need to do with the vehicle first, such as moving power seats back, opening power windows, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topfloor
    can someone tell me why do you cut a battery cable at an car wreck?
    Some people just like to tear stuff up. Same goes for breaking windows. I have heard of a story where the FD showed up, broke out a bunch of windows and then found out they were at the wrong house.
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