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    For a fire on an electrical pole, say on the transformer or the actual pole, would you attempt to apply a VERY
    short burst of straight stream for extinguishment?

    Or is just taboo no matter the situation?

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    The only time I'd ever recommend fighting a pole fire would be if it was a fire at the bottom of the pole from exposure to a ground cover fire and only if I knew for sure that the pole was the exposure -- not the other way around.

    There's no percentage in fiddling with electricity. If the transformer is on fire, it's already lost and there aren't any exposures. Let the power company deal with it.
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    Negative! If it is on the pole stey back and moniter the situation. If I had to try to extinguish an electrical fire use a Class C extinguisher.

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    Acknowledged!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWLAFireDawg View Post
    For a fire on an electrical pole, say on the transformer or the actual pole, would you attempt to apply a VERY
    short burst of straight stream for extinguishment?

    Or is just taboo no matter the situation?
    Once this stuff is on fire 99% of the time it's destroyed the electrical people say (and I'll take their word for it). As far as putting water on it not a good idea.(unless like Deputy said if it's on the bottom of the pole )

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    I ask because I have seen this tactic performed to remove coke fines (fine particles of dust basicly) from large transformers in an industrial setting when the area is experiencing a lack of rainfall. The reasoning for the maneuver was that it was impractical and costly to shut down an entire oil refinery to clean the connections, and if left as is they would short out from the fines and cause a power failure which would put MANY more people in potential danger from environmental releases and process unit crashdowns.

    I did not necessarily agree with the maneuver, so I thought I would pose the scenario of a pole fire. Just fishing for thoughts and opinions.

    Thanks!

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    I see you have good answers and acknowledgement already, but here it is from a power company guy: If the transformer is on fire, it is junk. No life safety issue by letting it burn, so let it burn.

    Evacuate the collapse zone under the power lines for two spans in each direction. If the pole really gets going they may fall and might still be energized when they fall. Even if not energized, they are heavy and can break arms, legs, necks.

    Feel free to extinguish peripheral fires (trees or grass, etc), just keep your stream away from the energized stuff until a power company guy shows up in a big bucket truck and tells you otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flochief View Post
    Negative! If it is on the pole stey back and moniter the situation. If I had to try to extinguish an electrical fire use a Class C extinguisher.
    BINGO! We stand by and when the power company arrives, we hand them the extinguisher and they take it up in the their bucket.
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    We never attempt to do anything on these types of fires. Just stand by, make sure everyone steers clear of the site and wait for Light And Power Corp. to arrive.
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