Car Fire

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Old 12-01-02, 06:05 PM
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Car Fire

I'm a volunteer fireman in Bellerose Village, NY. We're looking to set a 1988 Ford Escort on fire and get some practice. The one thing which concerns the chief is the, and I qoute "gas cylinders in the bumper which can explode". My question is, do these exist and if so are they easy to find and remove or drain? Thanks for all your help.
 
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Old 12-02-02, 02:37 AM
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Ya picked an appropriate one to go up in smoke. . Lol.

I think you mean the energy absorbers in the bumper. You might ask your chief if in real life you will "drain" the cylinders in a car fire. There's a lot more trouble with a car burning than that stuff. You have coolant, fuel, oil, plastic, and other "goodies" that burn when a car goes up. The gas in there should be the least of your worries. LOL

Just remove the bumpers from the shocks if that is a concern. Probably about 3 bolts and the whole shock and bumper will come out. Recycle those and let it burn. LOL.
 
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Old 12-02-02, 12:47 PM
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What the Chief wants, the Chief gets. I agree with you about leaving it in but I guess if we can make it a little safer its worth it, but I don't think it is. Just my opinion.
 
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Old 12-03-02, 10:02 AM
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It depends on what your exercise is trying to accomplish

Using the Jaws of Life? The Hurst tool? Fire extingushing techniques? Depending on what you are trying to do, you can remove the parts as required.

You might ask the chief about the gas in the hatch cylinders, the motor oil, tranny fluid, rubber, coolant, etc, that will burn. The gas in the cylinders in the bumper is the least of your worries. The rest of the stuff could kill you first !!!!
 
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