I have taken bolt cutter and made a cut on the holder and lifted the hood it works really wellll
Adam Miceli said:Well, I know that might be how it's "supposed to be", but I'm certain that that level of use far exceeds how most of us actually turnout for an MVA. I'm not saying you're wrong, as we seem to blow off far more precautionary things at MVA's than other incident types. In the case of the leaking fuel, I'd certainly think most crews would up the level, but in that case I'd still prefer not to have been the ignition source. Nothing good can come of it, and as this thread has proven, a jury of peers might say there were safer methods than the K-saw in this situation.
Larry Lasich said:Adam Miceli said:It's sad, but I've seen many firefighters look like the proverbial monkey/football mating game when attempting to open a hood. We too have the Felkin's Hood tools and they're certainly worth the little money they cost (still available?) I'd be more inclined to use the hydraulic tools for cutting than a k-12 if they're available. The saw is loud, presents a significant ignition source and is far more hazardous to any responders not in full turnout gear.
The stabilization crew should be on air with a hose line anyway. Everyone working on cutting the car should be in everything but their BA.
Speaking as a major safety pain, I have everyone completely wrapped up during extracation. There are just too meny close call reports and videos of us at car fires and wrecks when we are trying to get ourselves hurt. I also wouldn't have a problem telling the stabilization crew to skip the battery if I was short of manpower and it was taking too long or they couldn't get to it without creating a bigger problem. I'd just make sure that there was a crew standing by on the hose and tell everyone to be super carefull around the airbag and electrical systems. After all, what are you going to do if you can't find the battery? Stop the proccess?
-Sounds like you were just trying to pop the hood on a vehicle with no front end damage?
-If so, use the Halligan, break out the grill and locate the hood release cable. You can pull the cable to release the latch, use the adz or spike of the Halligan to gain leverage and pull or even use the fork of the Halligan on the cable. Place the cable in between the fork and rotate the Halligan to "wind up" the cable.
-Either way the cable will release the latch which can then be operated.
-This is little messy but it is fast and works well. Don't worry about adding extra damage, given that what you're describing it sounds like the car is totaled anyway.