Monday, March 19, 2012

Vehicle Fires Can Be a Drag

Vehicle fires can be fun, especially when they are well involved and producing significant flame. They can also be a real drag too, especially when you can't get the hood open, a sealed cylinder pops or you have a three dimensional flammable liquid fire. Or, when you get caught on the rig in a prom dress and the damn shoulder strap on your gown keeps slipping off.

It looks like the prom princesses in the above video had a little fun and found the incident to be a drag when they on-sited a vehicle fire while all dollied up for a parade in Padua, MN. The firefighters, who were from the Sedan Fire Dept, did exactly what any firefighter would do, they grabbed a hoseline and put the fire out.

It looks like they modified their tactics to their attire and I'd bet that a properly attired crew arrived soonly to complete the extinguishment and overhaul.

Comments over at Statter 911 run the gamut, with some folks lambasting the pair for not being in their PPE and others praising their actions. After viewing the video, I would have to say that the risks they took were not extreme and, under the circumstances, probably appropriate.

Regardless, the video is awesome and the pair gets a "Firefighter of the Shift Award" from Capt. Schmoe. Strong work ladies er..I mean laddies.

Thanks to Dave Statter over at Statter 911  for getting this video out there.

Thanks to you, for reading,


  1. John Mitchell and Bill Carey had hilarious and pointed comments on Backstep Firefighter about this, and the ensuing storm of criticism at the video, and the ensuing storm of derision at the critics.

    A few years back, we had a call for a kitchen fire, which turned out to be a fire in a wall exhaust fan. The first guy on scene (he was less than a block from the address when the call went out) was in his work truck, and didn't have gear with him. But he stretched the garden hose to the kitchen, knocked down the visible fire, and had his arm (and the hose) into the opening in the wall about up to his elbow, preventing the fire from extending to the 2nd floor when we pulled up with the engine.

    At the end of the day, you do what you gotta do.