Old Man with a Hat
- Nov 29, 2017
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- Siren City
HA HA, Yea a old high school friend/co-worker that finally got on the local fire department has stories to tell. One was a brand new Porsche 911 back when they first started making the engine block out of Magnesium. He had just gone through training on it when they got called out to the state highway for a brand new one on fire, by the time they got there the magnesium case was already going and all they could do was wet down the shoulder as it was fall and dry to keep the fire from spreading to the surrounding woods. The owner of the car was furious that they weren't putting water on the car and it was a total burnt out shell when it finally stopped burning. I could see the burnt hole in the breakdown lane for months afterwards before they got around to repaving the shoulder.Don't bother with a fire extinguisher with a Tesla though.
Safety experts say the only way to extinguish a lithium-ion battery inside a car is with thousands of gallons of water, much more than what it takes to stop a fire in a typical gasoline engine. The other option is to just let it burn itself out
This was the same fireman that got called to the Chief's office for a 10 grand bill for the hood of this one of a kind former movie star owned Rolls Royce that had a underdash wiring fire that had got into the engine bay and/or they needed to get the hood open to cut the battery cables. The rich guy that owned the car was always drunk and didn't remember/know where the hood release was so chop chop chop with the fireman's axe to the hood. LOL
Funny part was this said alcky had drunkenly pulled out and cut off my fireman friend on the state highway just down the road from station one months before as he was leaving at shift end. This rich guy was well known around town.
And we won't mention the fireworks incident this co-worker soon to be fireman did during a slow summer week where we were all counter leaning shooting the shit with the boss and he thought it would be hilarious to sneak over from his loading dock and toss a pack of Black Cats into our empty shop. Trouble is I had just spilt some gas on the floor with a dribble line back to the gas storage shelves... Naaa we won't mention that LOL