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At least one fire extinguisher


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Something that is mandatory on every Tow Truck is a Fire Extinguisher. Yet the majority of Tow Trucks either do not have a Fire Extinguisher or it is a non working Fire Extinguisher. When was the last time your trucks were checked?


Now, this was an assumption the Tow Truck in this story did not have a working Fire Extinguisher.


SEVEN HILLS, Ohio -- Tow truck fire, Rockside Road: On June 22, police were dispatched to Rockside Road regarding a tow truck that had a tire on fire.

An arriving officer located the vehicle, which by that time had its rear end fully engaged in flames.

Soon the black Hyundai Santa Fe, which was being towed, was also on fire. The Cleveland driver said she was on the highway when she heard a noise.

The driver eventually pulled over. By that time the tire area was smoking. The Seven Hills Fire Department successfully put out the fire.

The owner of the tow truck company had to call another towing company to move the vehicles.


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A fire-extinguisher is a basic requirement of ALL tow trucks and carriers in California.

California Vehicle Code 27700

(a) Tow trucks shall be equipped with and carry all of the following:

(1) One or more brooms, and the driver of the tow truck engaged to remove a disabled vehicle from the scene of an accident shall remove all glass and debris deposited upon the roadway by the disabled vehicle which is to be towed.

(2) One or more shovels, and whenever practical the tow truck driver engaged to remove any disabled vehicle shall spread dirt upon that portion of the roadway where oil or grease has been deposited by the disabled vehicle.

(3) One or more fire extinguishers of the dry chemical or carbon dioxide type with an aggregate rating of at least 4-B, C units and bearing the approval of a laboratory nationally recognized as properly equipped to make the approval.


Note:  A typical "tow truck fire extinguisher" will NOT have any effect on a vehicle engulfed in flames.     R.

Randall C. Resch

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