A few issues to point out here:
The below video will show you yet another reminder of why we always stretch a line on a serious vehicle crash.
Also note that traffic vests will burn-and burn very well-traffic vests are NOT designed to be worn in any fire or potential fire incident…determine what is-and isn’t needed with your size up!
Traffic vests should not be left on your bunker gear …but should always be put on when needed based upon the conditions. When traffic safety vests are left on your bunker gear for convenience and then you find yourself in a hazmat or fire situation, you are essentially placing a piece of plastic on you that will be in the way..and will burn easily. Add an SCBA (which is required when on a line) and your traffic safety vest now becomes a “built in” hazard and not easily removable but easily problematic.
Prioritize the incident upon arrival through size up.
A car catching fire at a crash in something to expect-not something to be surprised about.
Wearing the traffic safety vest is critical and required when working in traffic, however it is not and was never designed to be worn in potential fire or hazard operations. Shut the road, block the traffic etc to best assure protection for members operating and the victims we are taking care of.
The MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) has clarified that when firefighters are exposed to fire, heat, flame or hazardous materials they should be wearing NFPA compliant turnout gear – not high-visibility vests. It extends to personnel who “could potentially be exposed to fire, heat, flame or hazardous materials” too. Examples would include personnel involved with extrication duties or fire standby at motor vehicle crash scenes….
Reference: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/htm/2009/part6/part6d.htm#section6D03_para08 – Paragraphs 7 & 8
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