Tackling car fires

By Michael Lee
FireRescue1 columnist

Various methods exist to open the hood of the vehicle on fire; the key is to ensure that the hoseline crew is ready to extinguish the fire when the hood is opened. Ensure it can be kept open through the use of a halligan tool or some other method. Apply water to the engine, interior and dashboard area as necessary. Gain access to the trunk area to check for extension if it is not obvious that there has been fire extending into the trunk. If unsure, use a forcible entry tool to break out a taillight to confirm. If needed, this same taillight hole can be used for suppression until the trunk can be opened manually.

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