Originally Posted by Isaac-1
I doubt it would matter much to fire fighters, I have a friend that owns a tow truck business. Several (15+) years ago I was over visiting him at his impound yard and noticed many of the cars there had their hoods mangled. When I asked him about it he told me the local fire department had a new policy of disconnecting the battery on vehicles at accidents if they were called out (fuel spill, paramedic, etc.). Apparently their policy was it was too dangerous to open the door and use the hood release as it might generate a spark, so instead they would take pry bar to the hood in order to disconnect the battery.
As a 31 year firefighter, our policy was to disconnect the battery if a spark hazard existed, I.e. auto accident, fire, etc.
We never disconnected for a simple medical aid and we always tried the hood release first before doing any additional damage to a vehicle.
During a fire, the first thing that quits working is the hood release handle inside the vehicle. On occasion, you can grab the cable with a tool through the grill and release from there. But not guaranteed.
The primary mission of any fire department is life safety first then preservation of property. If any firefighter determines that a risk to patient or personnel safety exists, they will take quick aggressive action to mitigate that hazard for the safety of all involved.
Feel confident that your firefighters are a very well trained group of people. With the advent of new technology, I.e. electric vehicles, smaller compact cars, it is a constant battle for first responders to “keep up” with all of the different configurations used in vehicle manufacturing but it is discussed frequently.
Sorry for the rant, but I hate when folks (tow truck driver) make a statement about a topic that they really don’t know much about.
Not trying to debate, just trying to educate.