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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts
    In Part 1 of this series we discussed the dangers that airbags present, when involved in a vehicle fire. Another danger that we face in today's vehicle fires is the Compressed Gas Strut. Most of us call them hood struts, thinking that they are used to hold the hood up. This is true, but they are also used on trunk lids, ...
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    The Rescuers’ Response to Hybrid Vehicles- Part 1

    In reading many of the post, in both the forums and private groups, it seems that some are in need of information about dealing with hybrid vehicles. But with all the conflicting information available today, what are we to believe? What information can we depend on to keep us safe? Today there are a lot of rumors, misunderstandings and misinformation ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 4: Magnesium Fires

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 4: Magnesium Fires
    As we saw in "Part 3,":http://firelink.monster.com/training/articles/505-is-it-time-to-change-our-training-yet---part-3 manufacturers have been forced to cut every ounce of weight possible, in order to meet the economic problems. One way of doing that is by the extensive use of magnesium. Magnesium is stronger and 1/3 lighter than aluminum and can be molded and machined into most any shape. Today manufacturers are using it for most ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks
    Unlike the classic '57 Chevy or the luxury Lincolns and Cadillacs of yesterday, auto designers today are forced to meet many safety, economic, and environmental standards. These three standards affect most every part of the vehicle including the fuel system. h4. Safety One of the greatest threats to human survival in automobile collisions is fire. Ruptured fuel tanks, filler tubes, and ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions
    This is a question that I ask myself, while preparing a vehicle fire class for our local department. In Oct. 2003, as a training officer for our department, I was putting a two hour class together on the dangers of vehicle fires. In a previous airbag class, I had used some pictures that I thought would be helpful in this class. ...
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