Video: Firefighters in air bag explosion close call in Idaho

This fire and near miss is a reminder about the dangers of vehicle fires


While making entry into the hood to check for additional fire, an air bag explodes from the passenger side of a car in a close call video posted online from a Fourth of July fire.

Luckily in this case, the firefighters were not injured despite wearing limited PPE.

The firefighters in Moscow, Idaho, are seen going to work on a garage fire with multiple exposure issues in the clip. They work to protect adjacent structures and limit extension into the main residence of a single family dwelling. Intense heat consumes a vehicle near the garage during operations, and the close call can be seen at the 4:45 minute mark.

This fire and near miss is a reminder about the dangers of vehicle fires. We must be and vigilant and attack with our guards up. There is no valid reason for an unprotected aggressive attack on any unoccupied vehicle.

Remember the explosive hazards, and that the majority of vehicle fires on arrival are total losses. Treat them that way, and make your safety and the integrity of your crew the priority on all attacks.

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