National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Auto Accidents and Air Bags

Auto fires are sometimes the type of call that will lead us down the road of complacency. They may not seem like much, but have the potential to injure or even kill firefighters that are not prepared for the unforeseen dangers. It is extremely important that we always wear our full PPE even when we are "mopping up" the auto fire. You should never let your guard down simply because the fire has been controlled and just like in structural firefighting, overhaul of a vehicle fire should be done with caution. Do not assume that just because the fire was confined to the engine compartment that the fire has not adversely affected components of the car in different locations. As you re...

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