Smothering fire: A new approach to car fire extinguishment

A new car fire blanket may change how firefighters approach these common fires


Every emergency call can bring a variety of issues that firefighters may not have seen before, so it is incumbent upon crews to be not only adaptable but also as prepared as possible to handle anything that is thrown at them. Fortunately, firefighters can be very creative in solving problems, often thinking outside the box for solutions to fire hazards.

I once asked a group of fire chiefs what they wanted in a company officer, and one responded, “a critical-thinking problem-solver.” Sounds like a simple request –something any firefighter can strive to be for their crew. Sometimes, being that “critical-thinking problem-solver” requires using equipment in different ways or learning to use new products for old problems.

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